Tag: South End Rowing Club

The Iconic West Coast Training Ground

The Iconic West Coast Training Ground Courtesy of Sea Letter. Aquatic Park is one of the iconic training grounds of open water swimmers for many decades and the site of constant daily usage. Surrounded by Aquatic Pier, the Aquatic Park is home to both the Dolphin Club and the South End Rowing Club. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

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Cold Water, Warm Drinks

Cold Water, Warm Drinks Courtesy of Zina Deretsky, San Francisco Bay, California. A warm fluffy towel, a nice long warm shower, relaxing sauna, a hot mug of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, a delicious meal. These are some of the rewards that are cherished after cold water swims. Zina Deretsky of Zina Studio knows those rewards well after a decade of cold

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Gentlemen’s Agreement Across Alcatraz

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Back in 1993, Gary Emich did his first Alcatraz Island swim and then started doing the same crossing an average of one Alcatraz Island swim a week for 20 years. During the decades, Emich has had to face conditions that ranged from tranquil to treacherous. But his relentless march to his 1,000th crossing

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Jeff Everett Wondering What Comes Next

Courtesy of 54-year-old Jeff Everett, who has completed three Oceans Seven channels. Jeff Everett has completed three Oceans Seven channels (English Channel, Catalina Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar) after his 50th birthday. He explains why he was motivated to do so: "During my late 40s, I resolved a mid-life crisis by vowing to swim from Alcatraz

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Aquatic Park Update

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Last week, the open water swimming community was shocked and saddened with the plans of the U.S. federal government and commercial interests to move the ferry service to Alcatraz Island next door to the South End Rowing Club at Ft Mason in San Francisco Bay's Aquatic Park. Campaigns were quickly organized,

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