Monterey Bay swims

Monterey Bay is 25-mile wide bay along the central coast of California. Cindy Cleveland was the first to swim the width (mouth) between Santa Cruz and the Monterey Peninsula, in 1980. 34 years later, Patti Bauernfeind and Kim Rutherford completed the second and third swims (both documented and ratified through MSF Documented Swims. Rutherford was the first to swim in the south-to-north direction.

Since 2015, the recognized sanction association for Monterey Bay swims is the Monterey Bay Swimming Association. According to MBSA, 12 swimmers have made 18 attempts of the solo, unassisted width crossing, only six of which were successful.

Monterey Bay route

Full Width

Date Name Gender Age Nation Route Km Time
1980 Sep 17 Cindy Cleveland Female 25 Santa Cruz to Pacific Grove 37.3 15:21:18
2014 Aug 26 Patti Bauernfeind Female 47 Santa Cruz to Monterey 40.3 13:00:00
2014 Sep 6 Kimberly Rutherford Female 55 Monterey to Santa Cruz 40.3 22:06:00
2017 Sep 23 Amy Appelhans Gubser Female 49 Santa Cruz to Monterey 40.3 17:49:05
2019 Jun 5 John Zemaitis Male 36 Santa Cruz to Monterey 40.3 17:32:51
2020 Sep 22 Catherine Breed Female 27 Santa Cruz to Monterey 40.3 12:42:14
2020 Oct 5 Joe Zemaitis Male 40 Santa Cruz to Monterey 40.3 13:29:55
2021 Jul 9 Sarah Roberts Female 37 Santa Cruz to Monterey 40.3 16:17:42
2021 Aug 30 Brad Schindler Male 48 Santa Cruz to Monterey 40.3 15:17:22
2021 Sep 21 Sarah Thomas Female 39 Santa Cruz to Monterey 40.3 15:39:42
2022 Oct 3 John Curley Male Santa Cruz to Monterey 40.3 14:52:55

Coastal

Date Name Gender Age Nation Route Km Time
2016 Sep 29 Angel More Female 13 Capitola Beach - P2PT1 - SC3 - Cowell Beach + return 20 08:19:00
2017 Jun 17 Scott Tapley Male 52 Capitola Jetty - SC3 - Santa Cruz Wharf - Mile Buoy - SC3 - Capitola 18.4 07:04:00
2021 Apr 23 Sarah Roberts Female 36-37 Capitola Beach - SC3 - Mile Buoy - Cowell Beach + return 20 07:05:15
2021 Jun 12 Alice Ma Female 48 Cowell Beach - Mile Buoy - SC3 - Capitola Beach 10 05:20:55
2021 Jun 18 Brad Schindler Male 48 Cowell Beach - Mile Buoy - SC3 - Capitola Beach + return 20 06:56:53
2021 Jul 6 Marissa Lovos Female Capitola Beach - SC3 - Mile Buoy - Cowell Beach + return 20 06:40:42
2021 Jul 31 Kim Hedges Female 43 Capitola Beach - SC3 - Mile Buoy - Cowell Beach + return 20 08:00:13
2021 Aug 13 Joseph Locke Male 52 Capitola Beach - SC3 - Mile Buoy - Cowell Beach + return 20 05:27:51
2021 Aug 23 Kim Hedges Female 43 Capitola Beach - SC3 - Waverider Buoy - Natural Bridges Beach + Return 25 10:28:15
2021 Aug 25 LeAnn Copriviza Female Cowell Beach - Mile Buoy - SC3 - Capitola Beach 10 03:07:25

Twin Lakes Beach, Santa Cruz

San Carlos Beach, Monterey


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