On the morning of October 9th, 2019, 16-year old Paige Kieding will be swimming from Anacapa Island to the mainland. This is a 12.4 mile swim starting from the eastern end of Anacapa Island and finishing at Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard. She is raising money for Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement. Paige chose to raise money for this organization because she is passionate about ocean conservation and the Channelkeeper has made drastic changes in recent years to help protect and restore our oceans.
On September 30th 2018. 15 year old Paige Kieding and a slightly more senior Vito Bialla (69 years old) will swim a two person relay to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation. You can follow their swim here: http://share.findmespot.com/
David Holscher and his son Henry Holscher will attempt to cross the Strait of Bonifaccio to raise money for Alzheimer. Here, in Henry’s words, is the description of the swim and the cause:
My father and I will be swimming the Strait of Bonifacio for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in the week of 9/17-9/24. Alzheimer’s is a horribly degenerative disease that I watched firsthand slowly take the life of my grandmother Maureen Holscher. She was an incredibly warm soul and it was very painful for me and especially my father to watch her forget who everyone around her was and then ultimately forget who she was herself in the final throes of the disease. We chose to do this swim on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America because not only does this charity fund research for an eventual cure but they also unite more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing care for those currently suffering from the disease. The Strait of Bonifacio is a ~10- mile open water swim from the island of Corsica to the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a lesser known swim marked by extreme winds that often reach up to 60 knots. When we complete it we will be just the second and third Americans to have done the swim. Any donation would be greatly appreciated and thank you for the support.
On June 20th, Night Train member Melissa Blaustein’s window to swim the English Channel opens. It will be an arduous, difficult task bearing cold water temperatures for up to twenty hours and 20+ miles with no wetsuit and no stopping to hold on to the boat.
But that seems like an easy task compared to the one that her swim mentor, best friend, and fellow Night Train swimmer Kimberly Chambers is currently undertaking. On May 6th, 2018 Kim was admitted to California Pacific Medical Center because she couldn’t feel her legs. A few days later, she was officially diagnosed with Guillain-Barré (Ghee-yan Bah-ray) Syndrome (GBS). This is a rare neurological illness which attacks your nerves and can render you paralyzed. Kim, the woman who has swam the oceans seven, considered the pinnacle of marathon swimming, and who was the first ever woman to swim from the Farallons to the Golden Gate Bridge, was unable to walk.
Melissa would never have begun swimming if it wasn’t for Kim. Not only did she inspire her to push herself further and to do more, she brought her along for the journey. Taking her with her to Lane 5 at North Bay Aquatics, early dips at the South End Rowing Club and on her first kayak adventure with Simon and Miguel. Kim has inspired so many of us with her strength, determination and ability to succeed. Now, Melissa is hoping to dig deep on this swim and inspire her.
Melissa will be using the swim to fundraise for the Guillan Barre Syndrome/ Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP Foundation International and will donate all funds raised in Kim Chambers’ name. Hopefully this funding will go towards earlier diagnosis, faster treatment and raising awareness about the debilitating disease she’s grappling with now. Help Melissa cross the channel and swim for Kim! Please consider donating today on the link on the right of this page, or at the bottom of the page if you are visiting this site on mobile. All donations made through the Night Train Swimmers will be sent to GBS Foundation.
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Kim Chambers, a member of Night Train Swimmers will be attempting the longest solo swim ever recorded in California. The swim, commemorates the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, begins in Sacramento on September 9, 2016 and ends in Belvedere on September 11, 2016, totaling 93 miles over the course of 48 hours.
Chambers will utilize the Sacramento River and Steamboat Slough as she travels toward the bay, ending at the point of Tiburon. Night Train and Chambers are proudly teaming up with Warrior Canine Connection in an attempt to support recovering Veterans and their families.
Chambers will abide by English Channel rules prohibiting the use of a wetsuit and resting on the boat. “Since my previous swims have mostly been in large bodies of water, this will be a completely different kind of challenge, mentally and physically,” says Chambers. “With that being said, it pales in comparison to what many of our veterans and service members face for a lifetime.”
Compared to Chambers’ past swims that have been attempted by multiple swimmers, this one is about three times longer and has no recorded solo attempt to date. With this comes a whole new set of challenges. From knowing where her support crew should lead her, to knowing the tidal patterns, Chambers will be in uncharted water until she reaches the bay.
In 1967, Lt Colonel Stuart Evans became the first swimmer to complete the crossing from the Farallones to the California Coast, finishing at Bolinas, Calif. Since then, only three other swimmers have completed the crossing, two of whom made it all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Night Train swimmers Simon Dominguez and Kimberley Chambers each plan to be the first swimmers to complete the Farallon journey backwards, starting at the Golden Gate Bridge and finishing at the Farallon Islands.
Simon’s swim is scheduled to start at around 11PM on Tuesday July 28th. Live tracking: http://nighttrainswimmers.org/live-tracking/
Kim’s attempt will take place in a couple of weeks.
To get the latest news on these swims, please follow Night Train Swimmer’s Facebook page.
Donations to Night Train Swimmers will go to Bay Area charities including Night Train’s swim program benefiting hundreds of at-risk kids.