As we’ve previously reported, the Night Train Swimmers have been trying time and time again to swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge to raise money for charities. Their last attempt occurred April 14, and was called off at 7:30pm due to harsh water conditions. This time, however, they’ve made it.
As the Chron reports, this past Friday, six Night Train Swimmers made the 30 mile trek in 14:45:08. The swim was a relay but had swimmers in the water for 2-3 hour shifts. The swimmers began under the bridge at 5:30am and didn’t finish until 8:15 that night, when Tiburon resident David Holscher touched the buoy off the Farallones.
Water temperatures started off at 53 degrees and by the end of the swim had hit 50 degrees. No sharks were sighted but one of the swimmers, Phil Cutti, says he did see 10 good-sized fish.
This successful swim means more donations to organizations the Night Train Swimmers hold dear to them: the Wounded Warrior Project, Semper Fi Fund, and the Navy SEAL Foundation.
For more information on the swim and the Night Train Swimmers, visit www.nighttrainswimmers.org