Melissa King

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Melissa King was part of the first all-female relay team to successfully swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands off the coast of northern California, U.S.A. She also kayaked the entire distance of the Catalina Channel from Catalina Island to the California mainland on 18 July 2013 escorting her friend Kimberly Chambers.

Farallon Islands Relay

King struggled and triumphed with relay teammates Lynn Kubasek, Kim Chambers, Cathy Delneo, Laura Vartain Horn and Patti Bauernfeind from the Golden Gate Bridge to the South Farallons Island in 16 hours and 29 minutes. The six hardy women went through three rotations on their relay through the Red Triangle (watch visual gallery here).

"The seas, generally 15-20 feet, were larger than the escort boat," said Vito Bialla, the team's pilot. "Plus it was cold: 49°F (9.5°C), but the enthusiasm and passion of the women never wavered."

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