George Young Swims Across The Bay Before The Channel

George Young Swims Across The Bay Before The Channel

George Young, the first person to successfully cross the Catalina Channel, was well-seasoned for his attempt across the 20.2-mile channel in the Pacific Ocean in January 1927.

For years before his unprecedented crossing at the Wrigley Ocean Marathon in 15 hours 44 minutes, he had been winning a number of local open water swimming races in his hometown of Toronto, Canada. His victories included the Toronto Across the Bay swim (see article on left).

In addition, the young Young developed a group of like-minded comrades and colleagues who similarly enjoyed the sport. That tight network of people and their collective mindset of adventure and challenge included fellow Canadian swimmers like Shier Mendelson.

That group would eventually prove an asset that helped Young when he needed to become the pioneer in the Catalina Channel.

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