Anacapa is part of the Channel Islands archipelago and is part of the Channel Islands National Park. It is the smallest of the northern islands. The official 2000 census population was 3 permanent residents (Ranger Station in the eastern part of East Island). East Island's most notable natural feature is Arch Rock, a 40-foot (12 m)-high natural bridge.
Solo and relay swims between Anacapa Island and the California mainland are governed by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA) that supports and sanctions open water swims to, from, and between 7 of the 8 Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California, USA.
Anacapa Island Swims
12.4 miles (10.8 nm) to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard. Cindy Cleveland pioneered this swim in 1978 in a 12 hour 48 minute double-crossing - a record that still stands. Since then there have been 36 total solo crossings to date (October 2012), including a double crossing by Paul Lewis. The one-way record is held by Nicholas Caine (5 hours 3 minutes in 2008).
There have been 3 successful relays, all crossing in 7 hours 15 minutes on 14 October 2012:
Scott Zornig did the first 5.6-mile swim from Anacapa Island to Santa Cruz Island in 2007 in 2 hours 18 minutes.
Board of Directors
- Scott Zornig (president)
- Dean White (finance secretary)
- Ned Denison (international liaison)
- Dale Mercker (safety & insurance)
- Dave Van Mouwerik (dean of observers)
- Lynn Kubasek (swim committee)
- Jim Fitzpatrick (banquet)
- Jane Cairns (historian)
- Evan Morrison (marketing)