Bottom Scratcher

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Captain Greg Elliot playing his bagpipes as Steven Minaglia nears the shores at the end of his Catalina Channel crossing

The Bottom Scratcher is a dive boat and Catalina Channel crossing escort boat formerly captained by Greg Elliot and currently captained by Kevin Bell, available for charters and crossings by reservation.

Greg Elliot

Greg Elliot is a Professional Navigator and escort pilot for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation. He has escorted dozens of successful channel swimmers between Santa Catalina Island and the Southern California coast on the Bottom Scratcher and remains active with the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation community. He escorted The Deep Enders from San Nicolas Island to the California mainland on 12-13 October 2015.

Ventura Deep Enders from San Nicholas Island to San Pedro

Courtesy of Lynn Kubasek of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
The Deep Enders relay swam from San Nicolas Island to San Pedro, California on 12-13 October 2015 on an unprecedented 112.8 km crossing of 33 hours 37 minutes 26 seconds. Coached by Theo Schmeeckle, the team comprised of Zach Jirkovsky, Jim McConica, John Chung, Stacey Warmuth, Tom Ball, and Tamie Stewart. Escort kayakers and support crew included Allen Ball, Jill Ball, Bob Howell, Patty Howell, Pam Jirkowsky and Carol Lacy. The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association observers were Lynn Kubasek and Jax Cole. The swim was guided by Bottom Scratcher with captain Greg Elliot, Craig and Danny.

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