Racing Strips Of Yesteryear

Racing Strips Of Yesteryear

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Bob Justman, Judy Collins, and Bob Luce completed one of the early Maui Channel crossings when fewer than 10 people had completed the 9.6-mile crossing between the islands of Lanai and Maui in Hawaii.

I still have the album of photos from the swim that began at 7 am and ended at 1:30 am,” recalls Justman, the former president of the Waikiki Swim Club. “They are yellowing a bit. The photos are almost glued to the album, have been there for over 30 years.”

The photo on left shows Justman, Collins, and Luce standing on Maui after the 9.6-mile, 6.5-hour crossing was completed on Mother’s Day 1977. “Our timer and chief shark-spotter at the time was my husband John [Collins],” remembers Collins.

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Steven Munatones