The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association reported that an unprecedented crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel from San Miguel Island to the California shore was completed by Penny Palfrey this week.
The 48-year-old Palfrey, a veteran of 2 English Channel crossings, a Strait of Gibraltar crossing, the 2007 overall winner of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, multi-time winner of the 19K Rottnest Channel Swim, oldest female to swim the treacherous Cook Strait in New Zealand and multiple FINA Masters world-record holder, put another feather in her impressive cap with an 11 hour 29 minutes 33 second crossing of the 24-mile channel.
Palfrey started at 6:15 am from San Miguel Island near Nifty Rock and finished at 5:45 pm at Gaviota Point along the Santa Barbara coast, taking approximately 55,161 strokes across the 24 nautical mile channel. Palfrey was accompanied by her husband Chris Palfrey, Dan Boyle (shown on left), observer Emilio Casanueva and crew including skippers Travis Casper and Dean White on the 31-foot Mystico sailboat.
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