Winter Alcatraz

This is a very challenging and highly unique 1.25 mile swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park limited to 25 swimmers looking for a winter challenge! Competitors will begin the race right by Alcatraz Island and finish on the beach of Aquatic Park. Water temperatures can be as low as 48F but usually vary between 49-53F, so check out our tips on getting acclimatized to cold water and preferably attend some winter clinics and swims.

Only swimmers with extensive open water experience or presently training should register – feel free to contact us with your swimming resume so we can assess if this is a good challenge for you. Please check our no refund policy before registering.

At A Glance

  • JANUARY 3, 2015
  • 8th Annual Event
  • Maximum 25 swimmers
  • 1.25 mi swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park
  • $250 non-members; $200 military; $175 members
  • Good for experienced swimmers looking for a chilly challenge!

Why don’t swims start directly at Alcatraz? Why don’t swimmers jump off the Rock?

As Alcatraz is partly a bird sanctuary, boats, kayaks, and the people on them are prohibited from getting within 100 meters of Alcatraz, especially from February through September which is breeding season. This means our Alcatraz crossings do not start directly at Alcatraz. Water World Swim respects the environment, aiming to keep the sport of open water swimming a live collaboration between the athletes and the oceans. 

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Coach Pedro swims his 500th Alcatraz
Results and participants

Winter Alcatraz 2015

Overall
Place Bib Name Location Division Age Gender Time Difference % Back
1 21 Golda Marcus Campbell Wetsuit 31 Female 26:05.6 - -
2 6 Samantha Allen West Point Wetsuit 21 Female 26:55.3 +0:49.7 +3.2%
3 16 Sima Arfania San Mateo Wetsuit 14 Female 30:42.9 +4:37.3 +17.7%
4 10 Ross Simmons San Diego Wetsuit 51 Male 30:48.7 +4:43.1 +18.1%
5 5 Wesley Ewart San Clemente Wetsuit 20 Male 31:45.0 +5:39.4 +21.7%
6 4 Wes Hatfield San Clemente Skin 20 Male 32:04.1 +5:58.5 +22.9%
7 19 Travis Knight San Francisco Wetsuit 27 Male 32:24.8 +6:19.2 +24.2%
8 9 David Morgan San Francisco Wetsuit 51 Male 32:38.4 +6:32.8 +25.1%
9 3 Taliesin Ryan Santa Barbara Skin 18 Male 34:42.8 +8:37.2 +33.0%
10 11 Ivan Demmon Salinas Wetsuit 15 Male 35:50.6 +9:45.0 +37.4%
11 15 David Swift Clovis Wetsuit 59 Male 35:58.8 +9:53.2 +37.9%
12 14 Gregory Ding Redwood City Wetsuit 56 Male 36:55.1 +10:49.5 +41.5%
13 1 Maddie Do Santa Clara Wetsuit 15 Female 38:03.2 +11:57.6 +45.8%
14 8 Tiffany Mcqueen Helendale Skin 42 Female 38:28.9 +12:23.3 +47.5%
15 18 Roger Pettey Orinda Wetsuit 66 Male 40:47.0 +14:41.4 +56.3%
16 12 Sydney Ragsdale-Cronin Monterey Wetsuit 16 Female 40:53.4 +14:47.8 +56.7%
17 2 Hobie Smith Carpinteria Skin 58 Male 41:37.0 +15:31.4 +59.5%
18 20 Carolyn Hollingsworth Santa Monica Wetsuit 49 Female 43:22.7 +17:17.1 +66.2%
19 22 Ed Kim San Francisco Wetsuit 43 Male 43:28.8 +17:23.2 +66.6%
20 13 Frederick Blair Fairfield Skin 45 Male 43:48.5 +17:42.9 +67.9%
21 17 Valter Vergagno San Carlos Wetsuit 42 Male 49:26.3 +23:20.7 +89.5%
- 7 Branden Hontalas Salinas Skin 19 Male DNF - -
Skin
Place Bib Name Location Division Age Gender Time Difference % Back
1 4 Wes Hatfield San Clemente Skin 20 Male 32:04.1 - -
2 3 Taliesin Ryan Santa Barbara Skin 18 Male 34:42.8 +2:38.7 +8.2%
3 8 Tiffany Mcqueen Helendale Skin 42 Female 38:28.9 +6:24.8 +20.0%
4 2 Hobie Smith Carpinteria Skin 58 Male 41:37.0 +9:32.9 +29.8%
5 13 Frederick Blair Fairfield Skin 45 Male 43:48.5 +11:44.4 +36.6%
- 7 Branden Hontalas Salinas Skin 19 Male DNF - -
Wetsuit
Place Bib Name Location Division Age Gender Time Difference % Back
1 21 Golda Marcus Campbell Wetsuit 31 Female 26:05.6 - -
2 6 Samantha Allen West Point Wetsuit 21 Female 26:55.3 +0:49.7 +3.2%
3 16 Sima Arfania San Mateo Wetsuit 14 Female 30:42.9 +4:37.3 +17.7%
4 10 Ross Simmons San Diego Wetsuit 51 Male 30:48.7 +4:43.1 +18.1%
5 5 Wesley Ewart San Clemente Wetsuit 20 Male 31:45.0 +5:39.4 +21.7%
6 19 Travis Knight San Francisco Wetsuit 27 Male 32:24.8 +6:19.2 +24.2%
7 9 David Morgan San Francisco Wetsuit 51 Male 32:38.4 +6:32.8 +25.1%
8 11 Ivan Demmon Salinas Wetsuit 15 Male 35:50.6 +9:45.0 +37.4%
9 15 David Swift Clovis Wetsuit 59 Male 35:58.8 +9:53.2 +37.9%
10 14 Gregory Ding Redwood City Wetsuit 56 Male 36:55.1 +10:49.5 +41.5%
11 1 Maddie Do Santa Clara Wetsuit 15 Female 38:03.2 +11:57.6 +45.8%
12 18 Roger Pettey Orinda Wetsuit 66 Male 40:47.0 +14:41.4 +56.3%
13 12 Sydney Ragsdale-Cronin Monterey Wetsuit 16 Female 40:53.4 +14:47.8 +56.7%
14 20 Carolyn Hollingsworth Santa Monica Wetsuit 49 Female 43:22.7 +17:17.1 +66.2%
15 22 Ed Kim San Francisco Wetsuit 43 Male 43:28.8 +17:23.2 +66.6%
16 17 Valter Vergagno San Carlos Wetsuit 42 Male 49:26.3 +23:20.7 +89.5%

 

Winter Alcatraz 2014

# LAST NAME FIRST NAME LOCATON     AGE WETSUIT TIME
25 WRIGHT HUNTER REDDING CA US 17 SKIN 24:06
12 JUSTICE-WERVE SEBASTIAN SAN CLEMENTE CA US 20 WS 24:50
17 PANACCI GINA LAFAYETTE CA US 25 SKIN 24:54
1 ARFANIA SIMA SAN MATEO CA US 13 WS 25:35
22 SIMMONS ROSS SAN DIEGO CA US 50 WS 25:46
9 HATFIELD WESLEY OCEANSIDE CA US 19 WS 27:19
19 PUNCEL MICHAEL NEWPORT BEACH CA US 23 WS 28:41
21 SHAFFER SARAH BURLINGAME CA US 15 WS 28:44
13 MARGOLIS ZACH SAN FRANCISCO CA US 25 SKIN 28:46
18 PRICE STEPHEN WRINGTON BRISTOL GB 52 SKIN 30:56
5 DING GREGORY PALO ALTO CA US 55 WS 31:09
8 HASSAN MAZEN WESTLAKE VILLAGE CA US 46 SKIN 31:11
14 MINCHER FREDERICK BURLINGAME CA US 43 SKIN 31:29
7 GARLAND DAVID HERMOSA BEACH CA US 46 WS 31:32
15 NICHOLS DONALD HAYWARD CA US 51 WS 33:31
23 STILLMAN DOUGLAS FREMONT CA US 54 SKIN 33:31
6 GALLAGHER COLIN SAN FRANCISCO CA US 45 WS 35:00
20 RIETH ERIK EL CERRITO CA US 41 WS 35:40
4 BROZINSKY MURRAY SAN FRANCISCO CA US 48 WS 35:48
10 HEISTERKAMP CHRIS SAN FRANCISCO CA US 38 WS 37:00
3 BLAIR FREDERIK FAIRFIELD CA US 44 WS 37:43
2 BALACHANDRAN NIKHIL SAN FRANCISCO CA US 32 SKIN 46:30
11 INSIGNARES OMAR MORGAN HILL CA US 13 WS NS
16 NOLAN MATHEW BORENAMWOOD HERTFORDSHIRE GB 35 WS NS
24 TYNSMAN ANGELYN VALDOSTA GA US 26 WS NS

Winter Alcatraz 2010

# Name Sex Location Wetsuit Time Comment
3 Mike Ray Mitchell M Laguna Niguel CA W.S. 30:00 1st  Wetsuit
1 Gustavo Oriozabala M Mendoza ARG SKIN 30:05 1st SKIN
15 Jobst Parl M Braunschweig GER W.S. 33:35 2nd Wetsuit
11 Karen Jensen F Vallejo CA W.S. 39:26 3rd Wetsuit
13 Donald G Halloran M San Antonio TX W.S. 40:08
2 Brian Gerrity M Half Moon Bay CA SKIN 43:23 2nd SKIN – New Wave
17 Les Mangold M Modesto CA W.S. 43:25:
9 Jeremy Henry M Capistrano Beach CA W.S. 43:26
16 Uwe D Parl M Oakland CA W.S. 48:23
12 Jon Vickroy M Gilroy CA W.S. 48:32
23 Jay Lidga M San Francisco CA SKIN 52:09 Record 2 alcatraz swims 1/2/2010
4 Stephen P. Cramer M Los Altos CA SKIN 52:55
10 Christopher james robertson M san francisco CA W.S. 54:30
20 Ann Turttle F Sacramento CA W.S. 57:16
21 Alfred Dale jaurique M San Jose CA W.S. 57:32
19 Rich Whitney Stevens M San Rafael CA W.S. 58:20
14 Huzefa Mehta M San Jose CA W.S. 58:26
5 Peter David Mapes M Oxnard CA SKIN completed
7 Andrew John Ballantyne M San Francisco CA W.S. completed
8 Owen Gray M San Rafael CA W.S. completed
18 Michael G Concannon M Mill Valley CA W.S. completed
22 Yaffa Mainers F So.Cal CA W.S. completed
6 Joshua Lahey M San Francisco CA W.S.  Cancelled

Winter Alcatraz 2009

NICK CAINE WWS New Waves Team 21:13 SKIN DIV.
CARA SILVAS WWS New Waves Team 21:53 SKIN DIV.
NINA MULLIN WWS New Waves Team 23:47 SKIN DIV.
J.”JACK” WISE WWS New Waves Team 26:14 1st WS DIV.
KARI M. FISH 27:15 2nd WS Div.
BONNIE BROWN 28:30 3rd WS Div.
BRIAN GERRITY WWS New Waves Team 29:07 4th SKIN DIV.
LISA SEREFIN 32:35 5th SKIN DIV.
ALLEN LUONG 36:18 4th WS Div
MICHAEL CONCANNON 37:10 WS DIV 5th Div.
LES MANGOLD 38: 20 WS Div 6th Div.
MIKE MORAN 38:51 WS Div 7th Div.
JIM PHILLIPS 44:05 WS Div 8th Div.
BRYCE GOEKING 46:07 6th SKIN DIV.
GREG DAUPHNEY 46:08 7th SKIN DIV.
TONY MARTIN VEGUE 46:48 WS Div. 9th Div.
STEVE ANGELICH 1:00:22 WS Div.-10th Div