Charlotte Samuels Catalina Crossing

dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoCharter Member
edited August 2014 in General Discussion
Showed true grit by pushing through adverse conditions to complete the swim in just under 20 hours, which is incredibly impressive to me.

Link to Media Report - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer


  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member
    Totally in awe of her. Completely. :)
  • I had no idea she was only 16. Jeez, at that age a 100 was considered 'distance'.
    The incredible fortitude.
    Only a little dismayed ( jk) that it puts my 18.36 to shame.
    i hope she keeps swimming. Wonderful role model for all.

    Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach

  • ssthomasssthomas DenverCharter Member
    And I think she is just 15? Makes it even more incredible!
  • molly1205molly1205 Lincoln, NebraskaMember
    Holy cow. Fantastic swim little lady. I hope she treats herself to a huge ice cream sundae!

    Molly Nance, Lincoln, Nebraska

  • MandaiMandai Charter Member
    Really a great, great achievement at such a young age.
  • ZoeSadlerZoeSadler Charter Member
    It's clearly a very good week for the younger swimmers. Congratulations Charlotte.

    Also, yesterday (5th August), Hazel Killingbeck from England completed a successful solo swim across the English Channel in 15 hours and 23 minutes. Hazel has recently turned 16 years old. Amazing achievement for one so young.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    As a bit of trivia, here are the Top 10 longest one-way Catalina swims of all time. Charlotte's swim, when ratified by CCSF, will rank #6.
    1          Henry Sullivan   January 30, 1927 22:45:00
    2      King Bennie Nawahi  September 2, 1946 22:20:00
    3   Captain Stewart Evans    August 26, 1959 20:55:00
    4   Jamshid Khajavi, Iran     August 4, 1995 20:47:31
    5       Myrtle Huddleston   February 5, 1927 20:42:00
    6              Amy Hiland September 24, 1955 20:07:07
    7            John W. Hill    August 18, 1985 19:15:13
    8             Bill Slater  September 9, 1955 18:54:00
    9              Suzie Dods      July 19, 2010 18:36:28
    10           Ray Carmassi    August 28, 1952 18:20:00
  • That's the only time you'll find me in the Top 10... or bottom 10 , which is where I am more likely found.
    I am in total awe of Charlotte's fortitude at such a young age. And Hazel as well. Look out world... what ever these two young ladies put their mind to... they will succeed.

    Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach

  • 6. Paul Chotteau, France July 26, 1936 CM 33:50
    9. Jose Cortinas, Cuba August 30th, 1952 CM 28:55
    11. Jose Cortinas, Cuba October 2, 1953 MC 32:10:52
  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member
    Jose, glutton for punishment! Or he just enjoyed the hallucinatory delirium! ;-)
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