Old Is Nothing New For Catalina Channel Swimmers

Old Is Nothing New For Catalina Channel Swimmers

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

84-year-old Don Baker, 80-year-old Dr. Bill Spore, 81-year-old Dave Radcliffe, 84-year-old Graham Johnston, 82-year-old Bob Best, 85-year-old Robert Beach, and 82-year-old Norm Stupfel demonstrated the confidence, calm and capabilities of veteran swimmers in the water.

While their 12 hour 15 minute crossing of the Catalina Channel on August 20th drew local raves and garnered national media attention, The Old Men and the Sea Relay simply and spectacularly went about their business in the relatively calm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The octogenarian relay, supported by kayaker Claudia Rose, paddle boarder Kevin Eslinger, and observers Paula Selby and Michelle Macy, had things under control as they gradually made their way from Doctor’s Cove on Santa Catalina Island to Portuguese Bend in Rancho Palos Verdes on the California mainland.

The team members are outstanding examples of a healthy lifestyle augmented by the physical and mental benefits of swimming.

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