It was a shady start for the 38-kayak escort at Aquatic Park in San Francisco.
We were warned not to get to too close to the ferries as the
1400 swimmers jumped, dove and splashed into the water (they're churning up the water to the right of the ferry in this picture).
The kayak escort paddled out from our holding area East of Alcatraz Island
You just gotta keep putting one hand in front of the other.
We helped direct the swimmers by using a herding technique with our kayaks.
The finish line!
All the swimmers were in by 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The SF fire department helped guide swimmers with their 100-foot "flagpole".
Congratulations to Marc Paulsen
and Joe Oakes and all the other people involved who help to make this a
Learn more at the Escape from Alcatraz website.
Wind W/SW 5-10 kts at 8 AM increasing to 10-20 kts W/NW by 11 am. Tides appox 3 kt ebb with countercurrents South side of Alcatraz and near shore from Crissy Field to Pier 39. Surfaced rippled becoming 1-2 foot choppy boat wake.
Sky unusually clear due to low pressure moving NE into Gulf of Alaska pulling in our marine layer. Moderate onshore flow 3 millibar SFO- SAC due to thermal Low inland. Air temp 55-60 about the same for the water 57-59 degrees..
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