David Yudovin

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David Yudovin swimming between Maio and Santiago in Cape Verde escorted by Altino Goulart
David Yudovin was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1999 as an Honour Swimmer and is a lifetime member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation and the Half Century Club.

Yudovin competed 14 solo marathon swims including three channel swims across the Catalina Channel in 11 hours 51 minutes in 1976, in 13 hours 45 minutes in 1986, in 11 hours and 49 minutes in 1993, and in 10 hours 46 minutes in 1995. He also swam between North Coronado Island to the Mexican coast in 6 hours 22 minutes in 1984, from South Coronado Island to the Mexican coast in 4 hours 6 minutes in 1991, from North Coronado Island to the Mexican coast in 7 hours 45 minutes in 1991, from the South Coronado Island to the Mexican coast in 4 hours 20 minutes in 1992 (repeated in 4 hours and 25 minutes again in 1992 and in 4 hours 15 minutes in 1993).

Yudovin was also part of the San Clemente Island Relay - First Relay Crossing from San Clemente Island to Mainland along with Jim Fitzpatrick, Mike Suttle, Craig Taylor, Brendan Halffman, and Scott Zornig as they became the first to swim as a 6-person relay from San Clemente Island to San Clemente on the coast of California, a distance of almost 60 miles in 33 hours 8 minutes.

He was named a ISHOF Finalist in 2012 for possible induction in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

He became a member of the Half Century Club at the age of 52 when he crossed the Cook Strait, from North Island to South Island, in 9 hours 38 minutes in 2004.

Yudovin was the third person to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spain in 9 hours 27 minutes. He successfully swam the English Channel in 13 hours 37 minutes in 1986, the Santa Barbara Channel between Anacapa Island and the California mainland in 8 hours 27 minutes in 8 hours 27 minutes in 1982, 16K (10 miles) from Lanai Island to Maui Island in Hawaii, USA in 4 hours 47 minutes in 2002. He also swam from Molokini Island to Maui Island, Hawaii, USA in 2 hours 6 minutes in 2002 (and again in 2003 in 2 hours 16 minutes), from Maui Island to Molokai Island in Hawaii, USA in 4 hours 41 minutes, 8 miles from Maui Island to Kahoolawe Island in Hawaii, USA in 4 hours and 18 minutes, 16K (10 miles) from Molokai Island to Lanai Island in Hawaii, USA in 5 hours 11 minutes in 2003, and across the 25K (16-mile) Cook Strait from North Island to South Island in New Zealand in 9 hours 38 minutes in 2004.

Unprecedented Channel Swims

Yudovin was the first person to swim across the Tsugaru Channel in Japan in July 1990.

His most recent marathon swims done in his 60's was a difficult channel swim of 11.5 nautical miles from the islands of Tanahmasa to Pini in the Batu Islands group of northwest Sumatra in Indonesia in 7 hours 52 minutes, sponsored by Resort Latitude Zero.

He also crossed the 10.3 nautical mile swim across Canal de São Vicente in Cape Verde, Africa between the islands of Santo Antão and the island of São Vicente in 5 hours 44 minutes where he was piloted by Altino Goulart. He also swam between Fogo and Brava in Cape Verde in 6 hours 38 minutes in September 2012, and 16 nautical miles (29.6 km) between the island of Maio and the island of Santiago on 30 June 2013 in 11 hours 37 minutes.

Swimming Along The Equator in the Batu Islands

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