Winter Alcatraz

RETIRED

This is a very challenging and highly unique swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park limited to 20 swimmers looking for a winter challenge! Competitors will begin the race right by Alcatraz Island and finish on the shore of Aquatic Park in time to warm up at the bleachers. Water temperatures can be as low as 48°F but usually vary between 49-53°F, so check out our tips on getting acclimatized to cold water and preferably attend some winter clinics and swims. This is not the time to try out cold water swimming for the first time!

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. Swimmers can opt to wear wetsuits, or swim skin - we have a special award for the first skin swimmer in!

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Nick Caine

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2009 Winter Alcatraz

  • This race is retired!
  • Twenty (20) swimmers will start the race at Alcatraz and finish at Aquatic Park
  • Good for experienced swimmers acclimated to cold looking for a chilly challenge!
Note on swimmers under 18

Safety is our priority in challenging waters! Participants must be at least 12 years old to participate by signing up online. No children under 7 are accepted. Children under 12 must be evaluated by a Water World Swim coach in a private session for a non-refundable $95 fee and must be registered at time of evaluation. The fee also covers an accompanying coach in the water during the swim. Registration will be refunded if the minor is deemed not suitable to participate.

If the under 12 minor is coming from out of town and is unable to be assessed by Water World Swim, we require a certified coach to evaluate the minor and contact us via email or written documentation certifying their ability and recommending their participation. Out of town minors under 12 must pay an additional $95 to have an accompanying coach in the water.

Contact us about having your young swimmer join us!

Why don't swims start directly at Alcatraz or with a 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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Results and participants
  •  Sima Arfania — San Mateo, California, United States
  •  Dave Berry — Dublin 14, Dublin 14, Ireland
  •  Eric Chasanoff — Greenbrae, United States
  •  Dan Fitzpatrick — Dublin, California, United States
  •  Chris Georges — Granada Hills, Arkansas, United States
  •  Mazen Hassan — Agoura hills, California, United States
  •  Carolyn Hollingsworth — Santa Monica, Arkansas, United States
  •  Peter Kline — oakland, California, United States
  •  Torsten Kroeger — Los Altos Hills, California, United States
  •  Bronwyn Lewis — Oakland, California, United States
  •  Brian McPeake — San Francisco, United States
  •  Angel More — CA, United States
  •  Roger Pettey — Orinda, Arkansas, United States
  •  Taliesin Ryan — Summerland, California, United States
  •  Ross Simmons — San Diego, California, United States
  •  Hobie Smith — Carpinteria, California, United States
  •  James Thomas — Mill Valley, United States
  •  Frank Whittemore — Del Mar, California, United States
PlaceBibNameTeam nameCategoryAgeGenderTime
121Tammy Choy“Oakland“Wetsuit25F26:18.5
218Sima Arfania“San Mateo“Wetsuit15F27:50.6
320Jillian Dahle“Oakland“Wetsuit25F28:29.0
423Liz Hunter“Campbell“Wetsuit29F28:34.3
58Timothy Hallman“San Francisco“Wetsuit54M29:51.4
624Andrea FloresSouth San FranciscoWetsuit16F31:16.7
725Jimmy ThomasMill ValleySkin16M33:49.0
817Francesco Renzo“San Francisco“Wetsuit32M35:59.7
914David Garland“Hermosa Beach“Skin48M36:42.9
1013Valerie Casey“Oakland“Wetsuit43F38:10.7
1110Mitali Khanzode“Sunnyvale“Wetsuit13F40:46.5
126Angel More“San Carlos“Skin13F40:48.9
1312Gregory Ding“Redwood City“Wetsuit57M42:28.6
145Carolyn Hollingsworth“Santa Monica”Wetsuit50F44:11.0
153Hobart Smith“Carpinteria”Skin59M45:22.3
169Roger Pettey“Orinda“Wetsuit67M45:43.2
1722Franziska Matzkies“Burlingame“Wetsuit41F46:43.5
1816Stephen Cramer“Los Altos“Skin63M47:45.0
-1Mazen Hassan“Westlake Village”Skin48MDNS
-4John Brisbin“Benicia”Wetsuit64MDNS
-7Liz Hutchinson“Woodside”Wetsuit44FDNS
-11Anaya Khanzode“Sunnyvale“Wetsuit10FDNF
-15Piriya Suwannakoon“San Mateo“Skin45MDNS
Overall
PlaceBibNameLocationDivisionAgeGenderTimeDifference% Back
121Golda MarcusCampbellWetsuit31Female26:05.6--
26Samantha AllenWest PointWetsuit21Female26:55.3+0:49.7+3.2%
316Sima ArfaniaSan MateoWetsuit14Female30:42.9+4:37.3+17.7%
410Ross SimmonsSan DiegoWetsuit51Male30:48.7+4:43.1+18.1%
55Wesley EwartSan ClementeWetsuit20Male31:45.0+5:39.4+21.7%
64Wes HatfieldSan ClementeSkin20Male32:04.1+5:58.5+22.9%
719Travis KnightSan FranciscoWetsuit27Male32:24.8+6:19.2+24.2%
89David MorganSan FranciscoWetsuit51Male32:38.4+6:32.8+25.1%
93Taliesin RyanSanta BarbaraSkin18Male34:42.8+8:37.2+33.0%
1011Ivan DemmonSalinasWetsuit15Male35:50.6+9:45.0+37.4%
1115David SwiftClovisWetsuit59Male35:58.8+9:53.2+37.9%
1214Gregory DingRedwood CityWetsuit56Male36:55.1+10:49.5+41.5%
131Maddie DoSanta ClaraWetsuit15Female38:03.2+11:57.6+45.8%
148Tiffany McqueenHelendaleSkin42Female38:28.9+12:23.3+47.5%
1518Roger PetteyOrindaWetsuit66Male40:47.0+14:41.4+56.3%
1612Sydney Ragsdale-CroninMontereyWetsuit16Female40:53.4+14:47.8+56.7%
172Hobie SmithCarpinteriaSkin58Male41:37.0+15:31.4+59.5%
1820Carolyn HollingsworthSanta MonicaWetsuit49Female43:22.7+17:17.1+66.2%
1922Ed KimSan FranciscoWetsuit43Male43:28.8+17:23.2+66.6%
2013Frederick BlairFairfieldSkin45Male43:48.5+17:42.9+67.9%
2117Valter VergagnoSan CarlosWetsuit42Male49:26.3+23:20.7+89.5%
-7Branden HontalasSalinasSkin19MaleDNF--
Skin
PlaceBibNameLocationDivisionAgeGenderTimeDifference% Back
14Wes HatfieldSan ClementeSkin20Male32:04.1--
23Taliesin RyanSanta BarbaraSkin18Male34:42.8+2:38.7+8.2%
38Tiffany McqueenHelendaleSkin42Female38:28.9+6:24.8+20.0%
42Hobie SmithCarpinteriaSkin58Male41:37.0+9:32.9+29.8%
513Frederick BlairFairfieldSkin45Male43:48.5+11:44.4+36.6%
-7Branden HontalasSalinasSkin19MaleDNF--
Wetsuit
PlaceBibNameLocationDivisionAgeGenderTimeDifference% Back
121Golda MarcusCampbellWetsuit31Female26:05.6--
26Samantha AllenWest PointWetsuit21Female26:55.3+0:49.7+3.2%
316Sima ArfaniaSan MateoWetsuit14Female30:42.9+4:37.3+17.7%
410Ross SimmonsSan DiegoWetsuit51Male30:48.7+4:43.1+18.1%
55Wesley EwartSan ClementeWetsuit20Male31:45.0+5:39.4+21.7%
619Travis KnightSan FranciscoWetsuit27Male32:24.8+6:19.2+24.2%
79David MorganSan FranciscoWetsuit51Male32:38.4+6:32.8+25.1%
811Ivan DemmonSalinasWetsuit15Male35:50.6+9:45.0+37.4%
915David SwiftClovisWetsuit59Male35:58.8+9:53.2+37.9%
1014Gregory DingRedwood CityWetsuit56Male36:55.1+10:49.5+41.5%
111Maddie DoSanta ClaraWetsuit15Female38:03.2+11:57.6+45.8%
1218Roger PetteyOrindaWetsuit66Male40:47.0+14:41.4+56.3%
1312Sydney Ragsdale-CroninMontereyWetsuit16Female40:53.4+14:47.8+56.7%
1420Carolyn HollingsworthSanta MonicaWetsuit49Female43:22.7+17:17.1+66.2%
1522Ed KimSan FranciscoWetsuit43Male43:28.8+17:23.2+66.6%
1617Valter VergagnoSan CarlosWetsuit42Male49:26.3+23:20.7+89.5%

 

#LAST NAMEFIRST NAMELOCATON  AGEWETSUITTIME
25WRIGHTHUNTERREDDINGCAUS17SKIN24:06
12JUSTICE-WERVESEBASTIANSAN CLEMENTECAUS20WS24:50
17PANACCIGINALAFAYETTECAUS25SKIN24:54
1ARFANIASIMASAN MATEOCAUS13WS25:35
22SIMMONSROSSSAN DIEGOCAUS50WS25:46
9HATFIELDWESLEYOCEANSIDECAUS19WS27:19
19PUNCELMICHAELNEWPORT BEACHCAUS23WS28:41
21SHAFFERSARAHBURLINGAMECAUS15WS28:44
13MARGOLISZACHSAN FRANCISCOCAUS25SKIN28:46
18PRICESTEPHENWRINGTONBRISTOLGB52SKIN30:56
5DINGGREGORYPALO ALTOCAUS55WS31:09
8HASSANMAZENWESTLAKE VILLAGECAUS46SKIN31:11
14MINCHERFREDERICKBURLINGAMECAUS43SKIN31:29
7GARLANDDAVIDHERMOSA BEACHCAUS46WS31:32
15NICHOLSDONALDHAYWARDCAUS51WS33:31
23STILLMANDOUGLASFREMONTCAUS54SKIN33:31
6GALLAGHERCOLINSAN FRANCISCOCAUS45WS35:00
20RIETHERIKEL CERRITOCAUS41WS35:40
4BROZINSKYMURRAYSAN FRANCISCOCAUS48WS35:48
10HEISTERKAMPCHRISSAN FRANCISCOCAUS38WS37:00
3BLAIRFREDERIKFAIRFIELDCAUS44WS37:43
2BALACHANDRANNIKHILSAN FRANCISCOCAUS32SKIN46:30
11INSIGNARESOMARMORGAN HILLCAUS13WSNS
16NOLANMATHEWBORENAMWOODHERTFORDSHIREGB35WSNS
24TYNSMANANGELYNVALDOSTAGAUS26WSNS
#NameSexLocationWetsuitTimeComment
3Mike Ray MitchellMLaguna Niguel CAW.S.30:001st  Wetsuit
1Gustavo OriozabalaMMendoza ARGSKIN30:051st SKIN
15Jobst ParlMBraunschweig GERW.S.33:352nd Wetsuit
11Karen JensenFVallejo CAW.S.39:263rd Wetsuit
13Donald G HalloranMSan Antonio TXW.S.40:08
2Brian GerrityMHalf Moon Bay CASKIN43:232nd SKIN - New Wave
17Les MangoldMModesto CAW.S.43:25:
9Jeremy HenryMCapistrano Beach CAW.S.43:26
16Uwe D ParlMOakland CAW.S.48:23
12Jon VickroyMGilroy CAW.S.48:32
23Jay LidgaMSan Francisco CASKIN52:09Record 2 alcatraz swims 1/2/2010
4Stephen P. CramerMLos Altos CASKIN52:55
10Christopher james robertsonMsan francisco CAW.S.54:30
20Ann TurttleFSacramento CAW.S.57:16
21Alfred Dale jauriqueMSan Jose CAW.S.57:32
19Rich Whitney StevensMSan Rafael CAW.S.58:20
14Huzefa MehtaMSan Jose CAW.S.58:26
5Peter David MapesMOxnard CASKINcompleted
7Andrew John BallantyneMSan Francisco CAW.S.completed
8Owen GrayMSan Rafael CAW.S.completed
18Michael G ConcannonMMill Valley CAW.S.completed
22Yaffa MainersFSo.Cal CAW.S.completed
6Joshua LaheyMSan Francisco CAW.S. Cancelled
NICK CAINEWWS New Waves Team21:13SKIN DIV.
CARA SILVASWWS New Waves Team21:53SKIN DIV.
NINA MULLINWWS New Waves Team23:47SKIN DIV.
J."JACK" WISEWWS New Waves Team26:141st WS DIV.
KARI M. FISH27:152nd WS Div.
BONNIE BROWN28:303rd WS Div.
BRIAN GERRITYWWS New Waves Team29:074th SKIN DIV.
LISA SEREFIN32:355th SKIN DIV.
ALLEN LUONG36:184th WS Div
MICHAEL CONCANNON37:10WS DIV 5th Div.
LES MANGOLD38: 20WS Div 6th Div.
MIKE MORAN38:51WS Div 7th Div.
JIM PHILLIPS44:05WS Div 8th Div.
BRYCE GOEKING46:076th SKIN DIV.
GREG DAUPHNEY46:087th SKIN DIV.
TONY MARTIN VEGUE46:48WS Div. 9th Div.
STEVE ANGELICH1:00:22WS Div.-10th Div