On August 22, our team of six swimmers broke the world record for longest continuous relay by swimming from Point Conception to San Diego.The 228 mile ultra distance swim in 100 hours, 29 minutes eclipsed the existing world record by more than 20 miles. The route is shown on the map below. View Night Train 228 in a larger map
News About the Swim:
- Night Train Swimmers Do It In 100 Hours (The Daily News of Open Water Swimming)
- Swimmers break world record: Group swam from Santa Barbara to San Diego (abc10 News)
- Swim relay team breaks world record (Foxnews.com)
- Record Swim for Navy SEAL Foundation (7 San Diego)
- Night Train Does The Trick: New World Open Water Swimming Record (Swim Swam)
Keeping with tradition, we are partnering with a non-profit whose cause we fully support as we embark on this adventure. For this swim, we are proud to partner with the Navy Seal Foundation, which provides support and assistance to injured Navy Seals and their families.
The co-ed relay team consists of six world-class open water swimmers:
Phil Cutti is brewer and formerly an Exercise Physiologist at the Human Performance Lab at Stanford University. Swimming accomplishments include the world record relay swim in Lake Powell (2010), Farallones Relay (2011), and Catalina Channel Relay (2011). Phil resides with his wife Gretchen in Mill Valley.
David Holscher is one of Night Train's co-founders, and has completed numerous Night Train swims, including: the English Channel Relay (2008), Sacramento to Tiburon Relay (2008), Sea of Cortez Relay (2010), and Farallones Relay (2011). David works as an architect and resides with his wife Phoebe in Tiburon.
Zach Jirkovsky is a designer with numerous open water swims under his belt, including a crossing of the Anacapa Channel in 5 hours 59 minutes (2012). Zach resides in Ventura.
Luane Rowe is an industrial designer at FINIS and world-class open water swimmer from Australia. Among her many swimming accomplishments are victories in: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the 20th Annual Flowers Sea Swim, the Statue of Liberty Swim, and the 2013 Swim Miami 5k. Luane resides in San Francisco.
Blair Cannon is a philanthropist and Vice President of Bernstein Global Wealth Management. This life-long swimmer holds the 7th fastest Catalina Channel crossing at 8 hours 18 minutes. Blair resides in San Diego, and will be the team's local when they land at Coronado Island.
Grace van der Byl is coach of the Rancho San Dieguito swim team, and a lifelong swimmer. She is the current world record holder for the Catalina Channel crossing at 7 hours 27 minutes, and won the first three stages of the 2013 Swim Challenge in Arizona. Grace resides in Solana Beach.
Walter Bean Scott (alternate swimmer) is a lawyer, former Navy SEAL and an avid long distance ocean swimmer who has completed channel crossings from Catalina Island (2010) and Anacapa Island (2012). Walter resides in San Diego where he enjoys pre-dawn swims year round in La Jolla Cove.
In addition to the big swim, an ultra distance runner will complete a 300+ mile solo run from Point Conception to greet our swimmers in San Diego.View Larger Map
Mike Trevino is a technology executive and world class endurance athlete. In 2001, he won the 135 mile Badwater Race in Death Valley in a 28 hours through blistering 110+ degree heat. In 2004 he placed 2nd in the Race Across America (RAAM) and was awarded Rookie of the Year honors. He's the proud father of 3 year old twins and resides in San Diego with his wife. Learn more about Mike here.
Swim Escort Team
Vito Bialla is the team leader for the mission. Vito is an ultra distance athlete, including having done Badwater, Ultraman, and numerous long distance swims. Being a decorated Viet Nam Vet as well makes him ideal to lead this venture.
Hal McCormick is a legendary sailor skipper and swimmer. He has made more boat deliveries between Alaska and Mexico than anyone we know. His knowledge of terrain, currents and weather up and down the west coast is especially valuable to this mission.
Patrick Horn is a swimmer, brewmeister, cook, repair man of any nautical machinery and very much at home on the ocean. He is an exceptional team mate, skipper and like Hal he was on our last relay, in 2012.
We are honored to have two incredibly special guests join us in San Diego to swim the finishing leg alongside our relay swimmers:
Mike Thornton is the most decorated Navy SEAL in U.S. history, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam. After getting to know Night Train in 2012, he volunteered to join the boat for a ceremonial finishing swim to Coronado Island, where he trained decades ago.
Bob Kerrey was the 35th Governor of Nebraska and a U.S. Senator from 1989 to 2001. Before his political career, Bob was a Navy SEAL and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War.
Finish Line Coordinator
Donavon Guyot is our Finish Line Coordinator and contact for On-shore Info. Reach him at: 720-220-6250 or email@example.com