In July 2014, the original 5 Night Train Swimmers will return to Dover to attempt a repeat of their 2008 performance. John Mathews, Scott Stiteler, Vito Bialla, David Holscher, and Matthew Davie – all now living within 3 blocks of each other – decided in 2013 that that would return the following summer for a command performance. A few swims later, training had begun.
Follow the team live on the tracking page starting sometime around July 19, 2014, when they arrive in Dover and hopefully complete another successful crossing and write their names on the wall of the White Horse once again.
In July 2014, Night Train Swimmer Simon Dominguez will attempt a solo crossing of the English Channel. He is taking this opportunity to help raise money for Night Train Swimmers and our at-risk youth swim program. An except from Simon’s blog is below:
My channel swim is a personal challenge, but I also want to use this opportunity to draw attention to the fantastic at-risk swim program run through my Marin-based swim colleagues at Night Train Swimmers. I am excited to be a part of this program delivering swim lessons to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have access to this essential, potentially lifesaving, activity.
So, if you want to help me make it across the channel, and support a fantastic cause at the same time, please donate through Night Train Swimmers via the link below:
At Night Train Swimmers, we are very proud of Simon for his upcoming English Channel attempt, and are humbled by his fundraising efforts on behalf of Night Train Swimmers!
On October 5, 2013, Night Train ran its first open-water swimming event that was open to the public. The Night Train Splash & Dash was a 1 mile swim from Sam’s Anchor Cafe to Ayala Cove followed by a 5 mile run around the perimeter of Angel Island. With approximately 50 participants, the event raised $5,000 for the Night Train Youth Swim Program in Marin City, and was a great time for everyone.
Kathy Winkler was first overall, and Nolan Koon was the first male finisher.
On August 22, our team of six swimmers broke the world record for longest continuous relay by swimming from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
Continue Reading »
On September 23, 2012, six swimmers began swimming under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, aiming to swim some 339 miles down the Pacific Coast to finish at Santa Barbara, California. The event was a co-fundraiser for Night Train Swimmers and Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
After swimming approximately 150 miles over 5 days, the swim was aborted due to unsafe sea conditions and an over-abundance of venomous jellyfish in the waters that were attacking the swimmers. The fundraiser was a smashing success, raising over $1 million for Semper Fi Fund, and providing enough support to expand Night Train’s pilot program in Marin City to a full implementation in 2013. A video recap of the swim is available at the link below.
On the heels of a successful co-ed Farallones Relay only two weeks earlier, an all-female relay team completed a non-stop relay from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Island. The team – Laura Horn, Patti Bauernfeind, Melissa King, Lynn Kubasek, Kim Chambers, and Cathy Delneo – completed the crossing in 16 hours 29 minutes while facing rough sea conditions.