Blair Cannon is an American pool and open water swimmer and a San Diego-based philanthropist and vice president of Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He is the 7th fastest Catalina Channel swimmer of all time with an 8 hour 18 minute crossing in 2011.
His 20-mile crossing was labeled as the Cannon Catalina Challenge and raised US$10,000 per mile to benefit the annual fund of Monarch School, the San Diego-based school for children impacted by homelessness, and the Great Friends Foundation Scholarship Program for children of the military in San Diego.
"Blair is truly dedicated to this swim and his determination is a testament that, just like him, the children of Monarch School and the Great Friends Foundation can do anything if they work hard enough</b>,” said his coach Anne Cleveland.
"The children at Monarch and those supported by the Great Friends Foundation face so many challenges,” explained Blair. "I wanted to do this because I know these kids have felt cold or hungry or scared before, yet they are going to school and working to improve their lives. They inspire me, and this is a chance for me to do the same for them. I want them to see that any goal is possible if you work hard enough."
California Coastal Swim
Cannon will participate in the Night Train Swimmers's attempt to set the world record for the longest non-stop ocean relay swim in history. The Night Train Swimmers will attempt a 228-mile (367 km) swim down the California coast from Point Conception to Coronado in August 2013. Under the direction of captain Vito Bialla, Phil Cutti, David Holscher, Zach Jirkovsky, Luane Rowe, Blair Cannon, and Grace van der Byl will rotate in one-hour swim legs.