2012 Annual Awards Banquet Invitation

Grace Van Der Byl - Fastest Starting From Catalina

Final Time of 7:27 Eclipses Karen Burton's Effort From October 1994

grace van der byl 2012The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is thrilled to announce a new record has been established. Last Friday, Grace Van Der Byl (pictured at the 2011 CCSF Banquet) landed at the rocky point under Terranea Resort only 7 hours and 27 minutes after jumping in the Channel.

This is the fastest crossing for a swimmer starting at Catalina Island. Only Penny Lee Dean's 1976 record -- starting on the mainland -- of 7hrs and 15min is faster. Grace's swim is just the fourth Catalina Channel crossing to eclipse the 8-hour mark. She joins Penny Dean, Pete Huisveld and Karen Burton in this exclusive club. We're aware that three "Sub-8" club members will be at the CCSF banquet next month. Perhaps all four can make the event -- Now that will be a photo opportunity not to miss.

[editor update: We overlooked John York's frist leg of his 1978 double-crossing, where John swam in 7:41 and turned around to cross back in 9:01 -- Yeah, it's the fastest two-way swim. Confirmed for banquet attendance among the sub-8 hour group are John York, Grace Van Der Byl, Penny Lee Dean and Pete Huisveld]

Congratulations Grace. We look forward to celebrating, with your support team, your marvelous achievement at the Annual Awards Banquet.

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CCSF Banquet Invitation & RSVP Form Available

November 3rd Annual Awards Banquet is at San Pedro DoubleTree Hotel

Please join the CCSF in honoring Grace Van Der Byl, and every one of the solo and relay swimmers of the past season. We're confident this year's banquet will be filled with well-earned cheers and tears of joy. The Awards Banquet Invitation is now posted to the homepage of the CCSF website. We're pleased to announce that ticket prices have held steady. Advanced reservations are necessary, as seating is limited.

The banquet brunch (November 3rd starting at 10am) will be at the San Pedro Doubletree. All are welcome to attend: Swimmers, family & friends, supporters, and open water swimmers with an eye toward a future channel crossing.

[Please Note: The complete list of solo swimmers and relay teams including the 2012 crossings will be posted shortly before the banquet. The CCSF records will be updated at that time, too

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