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Dan Simonelli Achieves Catalina Crossing in January

Finished 89 years (and 12-hours) after George Young's historic 1927 swim

From the CCSFNewsletter.

Congratulations to Dan Simonelli, who completed a rare feat of crossing the Catalina Channel in January. 

Only two other swimmers completed a swim in January: George Young as the 1927 winner of the Wrigley Ocean Marathon Race. Two weeks later, Henry Sullivan became the second swimmer to cross the Catalina Channel. Sullivan,of Boston, was the first American to swim the English Channel.

Dan's weather window opened to coincide with the Wrigley race dates. Meaning, Dan finished at Palos Verdes on the anniversary of George Young's historic swim. Congratulations Dan! 

You can read an account of the Wrigley Ocean Marathon Race at the CCSF website. Penny Lee Dean regularly updates the history of Catalina swims.