On May 20, a new record was set when a team of six swimmers completed a non-stop relay from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands, approximately 30 miles offshore. With the average water temperature around 52 degrees, the swimmers battled hypothermia, rough sea conditions, and of course the knowledge of the types of aquatic wildlife found in the Red Triangle. The team set a new record for the relay crossing at 14 hours 45 minutes.
At a time when political relations between Mexico and the United States were strained by border-related issues, a team of six swimmers came together to support neighborly relations and break a world record. On September 24, 3 swimmers from Mexico and 3 from the United States began a non-stop relay swim in Lake Powell that broke the world open-water relay record for lake swimming – covering 118 miles in 55 hours 20 minutes.
The swim benefited two charities: Wounded Warrior Project in the United States, and Por Ellas in Mexico. At a time when many people on both sides were pointing fingers and talking politics, this team of six – and the very supportive community in Arizona – showed just what we can accomplish when we work together.
In June 2009, six swimmers and one alternate descended upon La Paz, Mexico to attempt the first ever relay swim across the Sea of Cortez. Unfamiliar with the warm water after so many cold swims in the Bay and the English Channel, the team took a few days to acclimate then began their adventure.
After covering 50 miles in 16 hours, a severe storm rolled in at around 10:00 p.m., creating unsafe conditions for the swimmer in the water. The swim was postponed to a later date, with the team glad they were all safe and having learned a lot about the conditions in the Sea of Cortez.
Still in Dover after a successful English Channel relay crossing, the five founding members of Night Train decided to email their local elementary school with an offer: they would swim from Sacramento to Tiburon as a fundraiser for the Reed School Foundation. Within 10 minutes, the offer was accepted. A few weeks later, a team of six swimmers started swimming from Sacramento and followed the Sacramento River all the way to the San Francisco Bay and continued to finish at the dock at Sam’s Anchor Cafe in Tiburon.
The swim took 37 hours 18 minutes and covered a distance of 100 miles.
On September 9, 2008, five swimmers from the San Francisco Bay Area started a relay across the English Channel. 12 hours 8 minutes later, their final swimmer stepped out of the water near Cap Gris Nez, France. The team posted the fastest five-swimmer relay crossing that year, winning the prestigious Montserrat Tresserras Shield.
As part of the swim, the team raised more than $50,000 for a local Marin Charity – the Lifehouse Foundation – and began its tradition of completing a swim every year to raise money for charity. Out of this one swim, Night Train Swimmers was born.