Joe Is Locked And Loaded For Farallons #3

Joe Is Locked And Loaded For Farallons #3

Marathon swimmers love facing and overcoming everything the ocean can throw at them.

And there are few places like the desolate Farallon Islands.

30 miles (48 km) west of San Francisco, the stretch of misery throws up barriers like few other places on Earth: rough water, cold water, jellyfish, tides, currents, the darkness of night and Great White Sharks.

Today at 3:35 am, Joe Locke started under the Golden Gate Bridge on his third attempt towards the Devil’s Teeth, one attempted thwarted by conditions and the other dashed by sub-47°F (8.3°C) water.

The progress of the former Harvard water polo player can be seen on the Night Train Swimmers website (here). The water temperature is currently reading 53°F (12°C) at the Golden Gate Bridge and 50°F (10°C) at the Farallones.

The outgoing tide is giving Locke a good push outwards from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands. He was able to ride the tide from the Golden Gate Bridge to Point Bonita in 10 minutes. If the water temperature holds above 50°F (10°C) today, we may see the third successful Farallon Islands swim in history – the first in 45 years.

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Steven Munatones