This past Saturday, sixteen swimmers traversed San Francisco Bay in the second annual TransBay Relay swim benefiting San Francisco Baykeeper. The swim, which spanned 9 miles across the Bay from the Golden Gate to the East Bay, challenged the swimmers and their pilots with strong winds, large swells and considerable chop. We're happy to report that everyone arrived safely at the finish line with smiles on their faces despite the difficult conditions.
This is Baykeeper's second annual TransBay Relay, and the only organized swim that spans the entire Bay. The swimmers began their journey in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, continued past Alcatraz and Treasure Islands and finished at Emeryville Marina. The swimmers' remarkable achievements were celebrated with a dinner at San Francisco's Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club that evening.
Baykeeper would like to thank all of the incredible swimmers, pilots and volunteers who helped make this event a big success, raising more than $12,000 for Baykeeper! Want to donate in honor of the swimmers? Support the TransBay Relay here.
Congratulations to the 2011 TransBay Relay Swimmers
Solo swimmers: Nancy Cutler, Rachel Elginsmith, Sue Free, Katrina Lundstedt
- Bonnie Brown and Suzanne Greva
- Jason Prodoehl, Eric Shupert and Stephen Stout
- Hal Offen, Jacqueline McEvoy and Peter Neubauer
- Daniel Madero, Peter Molnar, Andrew O'Mahony and Jeff Russell
Pilots: Jeff Brown, Jay Cutler, Seth Caillet, Barry Christian, Reuben Hechanova, Peter Molnar, Peter Perez, Diane Walton, Steve Wurm
Swim Director: Gary Emich
Above: Solo swimmer Rachel Elginsmith and pilot Barry Christian. Photo by Susanne Friedrich