Crossing The Catalina Channel With The Outrider

Crossing The Catalina Channel With The Outrider

The Outrider, captained by John Pittman, is now taking reservations for solo and relay crossings of the 20.2-mile Catalina Channel.

Every year the requests, attempts and completions grow and grow. We anticipate this next year to escort between 30-40 swimmers and are looking forward to each and every swim being a successful one,” predicts Captain John Pittman.

The rate for a Catalina Channel crossing in 2012 is US$3000 that requires a US$1,000 deposit. The $2000 balance is due before departure on the day of your swim. This charge includes the boat, a crew of four, hot meals/snacks/drinks for you and your crew (limited to 10 individuals).

The dates still available for 2012 include August 6th, 7th and 9th, September 10th, 11th, 12th and 19th, and October 4th, 9th, 10th, 17th, 18th and 19th. “If you are looking at another date, please let us know and we will discuss possible options for you. We do not swim on weekends. All trips depart the night prior at 9 pm. For example, if your swim date is June 10th, you will depart the landing the night of June 9th at 9 pm. We will take you and your crew over to Catalina by boat and you will get in the water to start your swim sometime around 12 am on June 10th. You will be starting your swim in the dark,” explains Captain Pittman.

In order to get a crossing sanctioned, an application must be submitted to the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation. The crew or pilot does not sanction swims and it is the swimmer’s responsibility to arrange their own support crew including paddlers, kayakers, feedings and pace swimmers.

Captain Pittman advises, “Please pack as lightly as possible. We recommend a duffle bag or a back pack. Suitcases do not store well. There are 10 bunks onboard, each with a clean blanket and pillow for you and your team. We also have hot showers onboard and 110V electrical outlets for charging electronic equipment.”

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Steven Munatones