Grace’s World Record Catalina Crossing – the FINISH


Neil sounds the vuvuzela to mark the final stretch of Grace van der Byl’s world record setting Catalina island to mainland swim.  She made the journey in 7 hours and 27 minutes, breaking the record (set in 1994 by Karen Burton) by nearly 20 minutes in the most well-deserved and hard-fought feat.  And I’m the lucky one able to call her my training partner, mentor, and dear friend.  (Fellow/former RSD swimmers, yes, that is Coach Joe’s unmistakable “yell” in the background.)