Dramatic Video of Swimmer at Daybreak on the Bay
A six person relay team of open water swimmers will enter the Napa River from Poseidon Vineyard in Napa, and then emerge the following day at Aquatic Park in San Francisco—with bottles of the newly released 2021 Rosé for the Bay in hand. This is a journey nearly 40 miles, as the dolphin swims, which is expected to take upwards of 19 hours.
Best photo opportunities—Capture swimmers entering the water on Sat 4/30 from Poseidon Vineyard, then again emerging from the Bay on Sun 5/1 at the end of an epic cross-Bay swim in Aquatic Park, San Francisco
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 9 PM—Swimmers dive into the Napa River from Poseidon Vineyard, (1100 Milton Rd) Swim start at (Cuttings Wharf Boat Dock - 6 Cuttings Wharf Rd, Napa, CA 94559
Sunday, May 1, 2022, between 2-4 PM—Swimmers emerge from the Bay at Aquatic Park (700-898 Beach St, San Francisco)
This feat of endurance is both a benefit for San Francisco Baykeeper, and a tribute to pioneering vintner grower Nicholas Molnar, who died in January 2022 at 94.
SAN FRANCISCO: Team Poseidon—a team of six open water swimmers—will enter the frigid Bay at a public pier in Napa, and then emerge the following day at Aquatic Park in San Francisco—a journey of nearly 40 miles, as the dolphin swims. The swim is expected to take upwards of 19 hours. This feat of endurance is both a benefit for San Francisco Baykeeper, as well as a tribute to pioneering vintner Nicholas Molnar, who died in January at 94.
The cross-Bay relay swim is a benefit for San Francisco Baykeeper, the Bay's water quality watchdog, and the only organization that regularly patrols the Bay to catch polluters, both by boat and drone. Baykeeper has been keeping an eye on the Bay since 1989. Its team of attorneys and scientists has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for Bay protection and to restore Bay habitat.
The relay swim is sponsored by Obsidian Wine Co.. Proceeds from the winery's Rosé for the Bay are donated to Baykeeper, totaling over $300,000 since 2014. Obsidian Winery was founded by Nicholas Molnar and is operated by his sons, Peter and Arpad Molnar.
"Open water swimmers are a special bunch, and it's quite possible that no single group of people is more deeply concerned about the health and well-being of San Francisco Bay," said Baykeeper executive director Sejal Choksi-Chugh. "That's why Baykeeper is honored to be the trusted beneficiary of this exciting event hosted by Obsidian Wine Company to help stop Bay pollution."