11-year old who swam from Alcatraz

11-year old who swam from Alcatraz

Post by David Finuca » Thu, 04 Aug 1994 09:45:31


I read in my lousy paper today about an 11-year old boy who
swam from Alcatraz to SF in 45 minutes on Monday. How amazing
a feat is this? (It sound impressive.) He didn't wear a wetsuit.
Is 59 degree water very cold?
 
 
 

11-year old who swam from Alcatraz

Post by Pierre Malfa » Fri, 05 Aug 1994 04:28:35

Water that has more then 15-16 *c gives a maximum survival time of 6 -7 hours
What's the distance?
Are the currents strong?Is there a tidal movement there
15 min/km is avery good time

 
 
 

11-year old who swam from Alcatraz

Post by Jim Sau » Fri, 05 Aug 1994 01:35:37

=I read in my lousy paper today about an 11-year old boy who
=swam from Alcatraz to SF in 45 minutes on Monday. How amazing
=a feat is this? (It sound impressive.)

As a 28-year old "boy" who did this swim one month ago, I'd say it was
impressive.  I took 53 minutes, the leaders were finishing in around 30
minutes.  

=He didn't wear a wetsuit.  Is 59 degree water very cold?

Um, yes.   After 53 minutes without a wetsuit it took me almost two hours
of walking around, drinking hot chocolate to feel even a little bit
normal.  I believe it is called "mild hypothermia".  

I'm impressed, when I was 11 all I wanted to do was get a paper route so I
could make some $$$.

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11-year old who swam from Alcatraz

Post by SWIMF » Fri, 05 Aug 1994 09:05:05


Quote:
Finucane) writes:

 >Is this a good time?...Did he do this without a wetsuit?
This is a very decent time for an 11 year old.  As to swimming without a
wetsuit, this is no problem in the bay in the summer.  I just swam in the
bay yesterday and it was 60 degrees.  At this temperature it is no problem
staying in the water for up to one hour.  By the way this same kid swam
the span of The Golden Gate last summer in record pace for his age.  I'm
sure if more junior swimmers had a chance to do these swims the records
would be a bit faster.  Anyway it was a good job, hopefully they will let
the kids start swimming in these open water races.
 
 
 

11-year old who swam from Alcatraz

Post by Jim Sau » Fri, 05 Aug 1994 10:05:27

=As to swimming without a wetsuit, this is no problem in the bay in the
=summer.  I just swam in the bay yesterday and it was 60 degrees.  At this
=temperature it is no problem staying in the water for up to one hour.  

I would like to add a word of caution here.  I did the Alcatraz swim on
June 19th, I also did several Bay swims in the weeks preceeding that
"race".  I found that I had "no problem" when swimming 45 minutes in the
bay, as long as I got straight out of the water, and right into a hot
shower and sauna at the Dolphin Club (or the SERC).  I would be fully
recovered and jazzed about the swim in 30 minutes or so.  

The day of the race the water temp was 57 (degrees F) and I was in for one
hour.  There was no hot shower or sauna waiting for me, and I took over two
hours recovering.  If it hadn't been for my two friends at the finish
(thanks Dina and Erik), I would have tried to lay down, curl up and really
get in trouble.  Instead they put me in the long underwear and sweats I had
packed, and made me drink hot chocolate (very good).  

Hypothermia is a dangerous thing, you feel like you're in full control of
your mind, but you aren't.  I wouldn't say one hour is "no problem", but I
also encourage anyone with the inclination to try it.  I still feel great
about having completed the swim (probably will as long as I can remember
it).  Of course all of this will depend on conditioning and body fat (I'm
six foot tall, weighing less than 150 pounds, so I'm a little light on
"natural insulation").  
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