Don Van Cleve, The Picasso Of The Pacific
Even before Stève Stievenart and John Muenzer returned back to port, Catalina Channel Swimming Federation veteran observer Don Van Cleve created a beautifully detailed channel swimming map for both of the men – and all swimmers who he serves as an CCSF observer.
The meticulously hand-drawn marine chart shows the line that the Catalina Channel swimmers take between Santa Catalina Island and Palos Verdes Peninsula on the Southern California mailand – and it a greatly appreciated memorabilia of their accomplishment.
The escort boat crew and pilots sign the detailed chart. This work-of-passion is in addition to the comprehensive observer reports that Van Cleve also handcrafts to create documented memories that last a lifetime.
Don has been observing and helping swimmers across the 32.2 km Catalina Channel for decades and his love of the challenge and sport knows no bounds.
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