Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Channeling her energy: Waltham marathon swimmer takes to Catalina

By Scott Souza/Daily News staff
Daily News Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2008 @ 01:06 AM
Last update Sep 19, 2008 @ 01:32 AM



Photo contributed
Waltham marathon swimmer Elaine Kornbau Howley will attempt to swim across the 22-mile Catalina Channel on Monday.







First, the bad news.

Yes, there have been shark sightings.

The better news?

At least, they were small sharks.

With word of a fairly recent shark attack near the waters between Catalina Island and the mainland of southern California where Elaine Kornbau Howley will be swimming 22 miles on Monday, the 30-year-old Waltham resident thought she should ask.

``I was told there has never been a record of any swimmer in the channel attacked by a shark,'' she said she was informed. ``My guide just said the only sharks he has seen were three tiny ones that weren't bothering the swimmers. After seeing that someone was attacked and killed by a shark 40 miles south of there, I was OK with three tiny sharks not bothering anybody.''

With all that goes into being a marathon swimmer, chance encounters with sealife is a nagging concern that Howley admits goes beyond being the least of her worries. But it is just one of many things that were crowding her thoughts as she made her way from Waltham to California for a swim that will likely take anywhere between nine and 16 hours to complete.While a dance with Jaws would certainly put a damper on things, there are other creatures of the Pacific Howley said she wouldn't mind meeting on her journey.``I was told you are more likely to run into whales and dolphins,'' she said. ``As far as I am concerned, that would be awesome. It would be really cool. There are stories of dolphins that swim with you for miles on end.''

The stories of any open-water swimmer are bound to be spectacular. While the 500-yard freestyle - about a six-minute trek for your average high school girl - is considered the gauntlet of typical indoor swimming, Howley has spent the last three years attacking swims that make the 500 free look like a dash across a wading pool.

She grew up along the Jersey Shore just outside of Philadelphia and worked as a lifeguard at the local beach. There she took up competitive swimming, became the captain of her high school team, and continued in the sport as a varsity swimmer for Georgetown University.Upon graduation, she enrolled in the U.S. Peace Corps and spent time near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. When she returned to the U.S., she lived with her brother in Framingham and later moved to Waltham where her interest in swimming expanded.

Her first long-range swim was in 2006 when she finished second in the 8-mile Boston Light Swim. Since then, she has grown passionate about the obscure sport. Last year, she took part in the 41-kilometer Lake George Swim Marathon and hopes this week's conquering of Catalina will be a precursor to an eventual challenge of the English Channel.

``That is the real Everest of swimming,'' she said. ``Outside of the English Channel, the Catalina Channel is one of the biggest. Usually, the moniker is the K2 of swimming.''

Howley said the biggest challenge that faces an endurance swimmer - besides having the endurance to complete the journey - is the water temperature. While she said the Catalina Channel will be about 67 degrees this week, Boston Harbor, Lake George and the English Channel can be up to 30 degrees [sic] colder with hypothermia a significant concern.

Another challenge for Howley on Monday will be sea traffic. Since the Catalina Channel is a major shipping lane, Howley will leave around midnight Sunday night in hopes of getting the bulk of the channel conquered before boat traffic picks up in the morning.``The concern is that you might have a tanker coming right toward you that doesn't want to move,'' she noted.

Helping her with some of the navigation will be the guide boat Outrider. Charter captain John Pittman has guided many swimmers across the channel and has worked with Howley on a schedule that will take advantage of the tides.``You have some swimmers who go all day, get a mile or two from shore, and can't complete the swim because the tide has shifted and is pushing them back out to sea,'' she said.

Also scheduled to be on the boat will be husband Mark Howley, training partner Lisa Mikkelsen, of Holliston, and friend Khrista Trerotola, of Boston. While they will be there for support, and to check on Howley's safety, she will be on her own in the water as she is not allowed to touch another swimmer or the guide boat for the duration of her time in the water.

``The biggest question I get is: `What on earth do you think about out there for 10, 12 hours.''' she said. ``I am usually thinking about everything and anything. Sometimes, I will get a song in my head and go through that for a long time. Sometimes, I concentrate on my stroke. You also have to think about feeding because nutrition is important to keep your strength up.''

During the trip, food and shakes are passed to Howley using Tupperware containers and thermoses tethered to the boat. She said she will tread water while eating and tries to keep any stoppage under five minutes.[sic] In order to prepare for such an ordeal, Howley estimates she swims from 20,000 to 50,000 yards a week in the summer and spends between six and 18 hours a week in the pool in the winter. A member of the New England Master's Swim Club, she said she tries to do as much of her swimming as possible in open water with Lake Cochituate, Plum Island (Newburyport), Carson's Beach (South Boston) and Nantasket Beach (Hull) among her favorite locations.

Not only is Howley's company, ZweigWhite, supportive of her passion, the business management and consulting firm is sponsoring her on her most ambitious swim this weekend. She said she is hoping to become just the 153rd swimmer [sic] to complete a solo swim across the channel since George Young first did it in 1927.

Though she said she did win about $1,000 for her Lake George effort last year, she confirmed that you don't embark on a quest like this for the money.``If you can get into them, there are a few pro races,'' she noted, ``but for me, it's mostly just for the love of it. I like being out there and having such a great challenge to work toward.

``It is a great way to really define yourself.''

-- From the Waltham Daily News Tribune, September 19, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Thank You!

Hi Everyone-
Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. I'm still
going through all the emails and text messages you sent earlier this
week while swimming the Catalina Channel, and it's been just the most
pleasant experience to know that all of you were with me on every
single stroke of this awesome journey. I will be posting a "debrief"
of the swim on my blog in the next few days if you want all the gory
details. (I understand my crew was quite forthcoming, especially in
regards to my "pee schedule" but there's lots more that I'm looking
forward to sharing!)

Thanks again for all your support. I've learned that there is no such
thing as a solo crossing-- this was very much a team effort and all
your kind thoughts and warm wishes along with my excellent crew's
superb care and the financial support from Dick Ryan and ZweigWhite
all came together beautifully to make this crossing-- what I hope will
be the first of many such endeavors-- possible.
Cheers, and I'll see you all soon!
Elaine



Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Re: Elaine finished!

Hello, Dick.

Your emails were a super support for Elaine while she was swimming. She will certainly appreciate the wonderful outpouring of support and love as she grapples with what she has actually accomplished in the days and weeks to come.

Last night she was doing really well, albeit sore and was terribly out of sorts with exhaustion (who stays up all night anymore?!), exertion and trying to get her land legs back.

She may have had three sips of a beer with dinner at home last night. I expect her to put that wad o' cash you sent with Khrista to good use sometime today. At least I hope so as it'll give me a fighting chance to get an adult bev outta this odessy.

Cheers,
Lisa

P.S. It was fun to get a glimpse of the folks that Elaine works with via these emails. Too bad I'll not have the opportunity to meet any of you. Just before I jumped into the dark and cold Pacific -- which we all know is populated by loads of sharks and various other nibbling creatures -- to swim for an hour and a half IN THE DARK! with Elaine, I decided I will be officially shopping for new friends as soon as I return to MA! KIDDING! (((-:

P.P.S. BTW: the Observer had the finish fully scripted: Jessica was to kayak us as far as she could when the boat couldn't go any further to shore. I would be swimming with Elaine and then lead her in safley to avoid as much of the kelp beds and big under water rocks as possible. Problem was that nobody prep'd Elaine. She started sprinting to the shore, straight through huge kelp patches. We were all hollering at her and that made her go even faster because she figured we were just cheering her on. I finally got her attention and righted her course. Her script for this channel crossing was different. (-: She scrambled up and out of the water as we all looked on. She was a real champ! I did join her on the beach and we shared a huge hug that I told her was from everyone. I think she felt that it was, too. Thanks to all!

YO E- great job-you nut!!!

Yo Elaine you are awesome, this eclipses your ART JOCHER rowing trophy!!!  never quit doing stuff like this, i know i wont.  -bill

Monday, September 22, 2008

Re: Elaine finished!

Elaine,
You're amazing!
Can't wait to hear about it!
Paula
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anne Kerr" <anne.kerr@comcast.net>
To: <lisa@inov-8.us>
Cc: "Catalina updates" <catalinababe@talesofthebeerbaby.com>
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 6:38 PM
Subject: Re: Elaine finished!


> You did it!!!! You own bragging rights supreme!!!! Wooo hoooo!!!
> lisa@inov-8.us wrote:
>> A stellar finish by Elaine just minutes ago! With Lisa swimming alongside
>> and Jessica kayaking, she reached the shore at 11:11:19 am Pacific Time,
>> with a swim time of 10 hrs 58 min!!
>> During her final feed, "Let's get to shore and get a burger," she said.
>>
>> She's almost back to the boat now and burgers she will have...
>>
>> CONGRATS ELAINE!! Truely inspiring to watch!
>> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
>>
>>
>>
>

Re: One More Feeding?

The eating before swimming thing has be shown to be an urban myth.

I believe the phosphorescence is caused by a kind of plankton in the water. When it is disturbed, by a wave edge, boat wake or someone in the water, they glow. I have seen it sailing at night. Remember swimming together in the phosphorescence at night off of Anna Maria Island?

Paul

Anne Kerr wrote:
So, I was sharing all of this with my daughter, bragging about my ever so cool friend, and she wanted to know... aren't you supposed to wait an hour after eating before going in the water?     So much for that myth, eh? 
P.S.  She didn't learn that from /me. /
P.P.S. She also wants to know exactly what caused the phosphorescence.  Any ideas?


lisa@inov-8.us wrote:
Elaine just had some diced peaches in syrup and washed them down with warmed CarboPro.  Breakfast of our Champion!

Water temps are dropping (as the Observer expected) as she gets closer to the coast. Now it's 67 and he says ir typically gets down to 64 or 63 at the coast. Brrrr.
We've told her to just put her head down and swim to the next feeding. There is a chance that was the last one although system says 1.5 nautical miles to go. 
We didn't let her say much at the last feeding beyond expressing her delight at the peaches. 
Yipppeeeee.  All of the well wishes have been super and have helped. We have had to limit her to one per feeding because she was stopping to read the messages.  She will certainly enjoy reliving it all through your emails!


Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


 

Re: One More Feeding?

So, I was sharing all of this with my daughter, bragging about my ever
so cool friend, and she wanted to know... aren't you supposed to wait an
hour after eating before going in the water? So much for that myth,
eh?

P.S. She didn't learn that from /me. /
P.P.S. She also wants to know exactly what caused the phosphorescence.
Any ideas?


lisa@inov-8.us wrote:
> Elaine just had some diced peaches in syrup and washed them down with warmed CarboPro. Breakfast of our Champion!
>
> Water temps are dropping (as the Observer expected) as she gets closer to the coast. Now it's 67 and he says ir typically gets down to 64 or 63 at the coast. Brrrr.
>
> We've told her to just put her head down and swim to the next feeding. There is a chance that was the last one although system says 1.5 nautical miles to go.
>
> We didn't let her say much at the last feeding beyond expressing her delight at the peaches.
>
> Yipppeeeee. All of the well wishes have been super and have helped. We have had to limit her to one per feeding because she was stopping to read the messages. She will certainly enjoy reliving it all through your emails!
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
>
>
>

RE: Elaine finished!

You totally rock, Elaine! Congratulations to you and the crew! Incredible
feat, although there was no question about the outcome. I want to hear ALL
about it- I'd say this is a great excuse for a PARTY! John Harvards or
British Beer Co???? Enjoy that burger and LOTS of beer. Did I ever tell you
you're my hero????
Pinky

-----Original Message-----
From: lisa@inov-8.us [mailto:lisa@inov-8.us]
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 2:24 PM
To: Catalina updates
Subject: Elaine finished!

A stellar finish by Elaine just minutes ago! With Lisa swimming alongside
and Jessica kayaking, she reached the shore at 11:11:19 am Pacific Time,
with a swim time of 10 hrs 58 min!!

During her final feed, "Let's get to shore and get a burger," she said.

She's almost back to the boat now and burgers she will have...

CONGRATS ELAINE!! Truely inspiring to watch!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Re: Elaine finished!

Elaine,

You rock - totally my hero! Are you going to be my swim coach for the triathlon?

Hope the burgers and the beer taste extra good. You've earned it!

Mike



On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 2:23 PM, <lisa@inov-8.us> wrote:
A stellar finish by Elaine just minutes ago! With Lisa swimming alongside and Jessica kayaking, she reached the shore at 11:11:19 am Pacific Time, with a swim time of 10 hrs 58 min!!

During her final feed, "Let's get to shore and get a burger," she said.

She's almost back to the boat now and burgers she will have...

CONGRATS ELAINE!! Truely inspiring to watch!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry




Re: Elaine finished!

YEAH!! Congratulations on a great finish!!

--- On Mon, 9/22/08, Anne Kerr <anne.kerr@comcast.net> wrote:
From: Anne Kerr <anne.kerr@comcast.net>
Subject: Re: Elaine finished!
To: lisa@inov-8.us
Cc: "Catalina updates" <catalinababe@talesofthebeerbaby.com>
Date: Monday, September 22, 2008, 6:38 PM

You did it!!!!   You own bragging rights supreme!!!!    Wooo hoooo!!!     lisa@inov-8.us wrote: > A stellar finish by Elaine just minutes ago! With Lisa swimming alongside and Jessica kayaking, she reached the shore at 11:11:19 am Pacific Time, with a swim time of 10 hrs 58 min!!  > > During her final feed, "Let's get to shore and get a burger," she said. > > She's almost back to the boat now and burgers she will have... > > CONGRATS ELAINE!! Truely inspiring to watch! > Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry > > >    

Re: Elaine finished!

You did it!!!! You own bragging rights supreme!!!! Wooo hoooo!!!

lisa@inov-8.us wrote:
> A stellar finish by Elaine just minutes ago! With Lisa swimming alongside and Jessica kayaking, she reached the shore at 11:11:19 am Pacific Time, with a swim time of 10 hrs 58 min!!
>
> During her final feed, "Let's get to shore and get a burger," she said.
>
> She's almost back to the boat now and burgers she will have...
>
> CONGRATS ELAINE!! Truely inspiring to watch!
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
>
>
>

Re: Elaine finished!

Congrats Elaine! 

 

Tommy



----- Original Message ----
From: "lisa@inov-8.us" <lisa@inov-8.us>
To: Catalina updates <catalinababe@talesofthebeerbaby.com>
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 2:23:40 PM
Subject: Elaine finished!

A stellar finish by Elaine just minutes ago! With Lisa swimming alongside and Jessica kayaking, she reached the shore at 11:11:19 am Pacific Time, with a swim time of 10 hrs 58 min!!

During her final feed, "Let's get to shore and get a burger," she said.

She's almost back to the boat now and burgers she will have...

CONGRATS ELAINE!! Truely inspiring to watch!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

RE: Elaine finished!

WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Congrats, Elaine! I'm so impressed and, along with our other Emersonian babe Kara, so proud and inspired by you.

I'll be drinking in my office in your honor this evening. ;) Lots of love and big congratulatory hugs. MWAH!

Melissa Massello
Founder, Editor in Chief
Shoestring Magazine
http://www.shoestringmag.com




i'm EMAILING FOR THE GREATER GOOD
Join me



Subject: RE: Elaine finished!
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:28:58 -0400
From: KRitchie@FDIC.gov
To: lisa@inov-8.us
CC: catalinababe@talesofthebeerbaby.com

 

Elaine – you are truly inspiring!!!!  I am so very proud of you!!  I hope you and your crew get some well deserved food and drinks.  Congrats again on such an amazing accomplishment!!!!

 

Kara R.

Re: Elaine finished!

Elaine, you're my hero!!!

------Original Message------
From: lisa@inov-8.us
To: Catalina updates
ReplyTo: lisa@inov-8.us
Sent: Sep 22, 2008 2:23 PM
Subject: Elaine finished!

A stellar finish by Elaine just minutes ago! With Lisa swimming alongside and Jessica kayaking, she reached the shore at 11:11:19 am Pacific Time, with a swim time of 10 hrs 58 min!!

During her final feed, "Let's get to shore and get a burger," she said.

She's almost back to the boat now and burgers she will have...

CONGRATS ELAINE!! Truely inspiring to watch!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Re: Elaine finished!

Congrats Elaine!  Thanks team for all of the updates - I felt like I was right there in the boat the whole way.  Elaine, there was never a doubt in my mind that you wouldn't rock Catalina.  Hope the afterparty is awesome, it is much deserved!  There will be more celebration in store when you return... 
 
XOXO
Love Kristen

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 2:36 PM, <gregoc@rcn.com> wrote:
Congratulations Elaine.  11 hours is a great time for 21 miles (of course ANY time is great for 21 miles).
I assume that you came in first, but I was wondering "out of how many"?

I can't wait to hear the stories.

Greg

Re: Elaine finished!

Congratulations Elaine. 11 hours is a great time for 21 miles (of course ANY time is great for 21 miles).
I assume that you came in first, but I was wondering "out of how many"?

I can't wait to hear the stories.

Greg

RE: Elaine finished!

Way to go Elaine - an inspiration and role model number one for the rest
of us casual athletes. Much appreciation to your team for guiding you
in safely. Crew: thanks for sending along the updates - we have been
excited for her every stroke of the way!


Christine Brack
Associate
ZweigWhite
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Mobile (708) 289-9099
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-----Original Message-----
From: lisa@inov-8.us [mailto:lisa@inov-8.us]
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 1:24 PM
To: Catalina updates
Subject: Elaine finished!

A stellar finish by Elaine just minutes ago! With Lisa swimming
alongside and Jessica kayaking, she reached the shore at 11:11:19 am
Pacific Time, with a swim time of 10 hrs 58 min!!

During her final feed, "Let's get to shore and get a burger," she said.

She's almost back to the boat now and burgers she will have...

CONGRATS ELAINE!! Truely inspiring to watch!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Re: Elaine finished!

Elaine you are phenomenal!  Hope you're enjoying that burger! Congratulations!
 
Cynde

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 2:28 PM, Ritchie, Kara L. <KRitchie@fdic.gov> wrote:

 

Elaine – you are truly inspiring!!!!  I am so very proud of you!!  I hope you and your crew get some well deserved food and drinks.  Congrats again on such an amazing accomplishment!!!!

 

Kara R.


RE: Elaine finished!

 

Elaine – you are truly inspiring!!!!  I am so very proud of you!!  I hope you and your crew get some well deserved food and drinks.  Congrats again on such an amazing accomplishment!!!!

 

Kara R.

Re: Elaine finished!

On a gloomy Monday, this was quite an exciting swim to have followed!
Elaine -- CONGRATS! Enjoy the burger & beer or champagne or other celebratory beverage!
Cheryl
-Cheryl Kupan | ( [917] 574-5497 | -ckupan@aol.com

Re: Elaine finished!

GET THAT GIRL A GUINNESS, stat!


RE: Elaine finished!

WAY TO GO ELAINE - fast time!

Now come home and lets train for the channel!!!

JK - get some well deserved rest.

Elaine finished!

A stellar finish by Elaine just minutes ago! With Lisa swimming alongside and Jessica kayaking, she reached the shore at 11:11:19 am Pacific Time, with a swim time of 10 hrs 58 min!!

During her final feed, "Let's get to shore and get a burger," she said.

She's almost back to the boat now and burgers she will have...

CONGRATS ELAINE!! Truely inspiring to watch!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Re: 1 mile to go!

You're amazing, Elaine!


Elaine - I am sending you lots of warm thoughts right now and know how
close it is...Yeah yeah yeah!!! You rock!!

Re: 1 mile to go!

Did you get the arm floaties I sent?! ;-)

YAY! I bet a beer will never taste so good!

Re: 1 mile to go!

Damn girl!  You are almost there! 
 
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 1:50 PM, <gregoc@rcn.com> wrote:
Go Elaine!  Sprint to the beer (and the beach).

Greg

Re: 1 mile to go!

Go Elaine! Sprint to the beer (and the beach).

Greg

1 mile to go!

She's still going, in good spirits with a smile on her face...

We're about to give Elaine her last feed and Lisa will jump in and swim the last leg with Elaine to SHORE!!!

Now, our range to mark is .723 nautical miles, a little under one mile... GO ELAINE GO!!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Re: 3.9 Nautical Miles

Woohoo!! ELAINE, you are a AWESOME!

RE: 3.9 Nautical Miles

Keep fighting, trooper! We love you Elaine -- you tough, broad, you! -- cold waters ain't got nothing on ya. ;)

xoxoxo

Melissa Massello
Founder, Editor in Chief
Shoestring Magazine
http://www.shoestringmag.com

One More Feeding?

Elaine just had some diced peaches in syrup and washed them down with warmed CarboPro. Breakfast of our Champion!

Water temps are dropping (as the Observer expected) as she gets closer to the coast. Now it's 67 and he says ir typically gets down to 64 or 63 at the coast. Brrrr.

We've told her to just put her head down and swim to the next feeding. There is a chance that was the last one although system says 1.5 nautical miles to go.

We didn't let her say much at the last feeding beyond expressing her delight at the peaches.

Yipppeeeee. All of the well wishes have been super and have helped. We have had to limit her to one per feeding because she was stopping to read the messages. She will certainly enjoy reliving it all through your emails!


Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

RE: 3.9 Nautical Miles

Elaine - I am so so impressed and am sending you all the energy I have
so that you continue on strong and healthy!!! YEAH!!!!!

Your friend from Emerson - Kara R

Re: 3.9 Nautical Miles

Go Elaine!!


Wow. roughly 8 hour in and only 5.5 miles to go!
You're going to make it and with a great time.
Keep cruising.
Think of this last bit as swimming from Long Island into South Boston, only easier.

Greg

3.9 Nautical Miles

Elaine was still in good spirits at the 8:30 feeding (banana and tea with a pinch of carbo pro snuck in). Current GPS estimate is just over 2 hours to go.

Jim has us all organized! The plan now is for Jessica to kayak her all the way in. I'll get back in for the last 500 meters or so to help guide her the best way through the rocky beach.

Sounds like Dori's Aunt is working to meet Elaine at the beach!

P.S. Elaine is swimming straighter with Jessica kayaking next to her.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Roughly 6 Miles To Go

Elaine has 5.5 nautical miles to go! I swam with her for 1.5 miles until daylight. We are writing you emails on the white board and she is lovin them!

Jessica will go in to kayak with her and help her swim a little straighter at the next feeding. She is feeding every 45 minutes and she is peeing well and in good spirits so she has managed things well so far.

It is beautiful weather with perfect conditions. Still benefitting from the swell which is mostly at her back.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Three hours in

Elaine just had her 4th feeding and is enjoying wonderful conditions. The water is 69 at last reading, glassy with no winds and there is sone phosphorescence in the water that she is seeing.

It's partly cloudy with the moon peaking out occasionally.

Mark kayaked with her til the 3rd feeding. He is resting now but was an amazing trooper. The headlamp was making him dizzy and he continued to struggle with motion sickness. A valiant effort, really!

Plan now is to ask Elaine at the next feedling if she wants me to swim with her at the following feeding.

She did say, she was just waiting for the sun to rise now! What a boost that will be for her.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

And Away She Goes

Hey everyone from the rolling Outrider.

Elaine's Catalina Challenge took off with three boat captains, the official observer, Jim and Elaine's crew: Mark, Jessica who will kayak, Khrista who is time keeper and food dispenser and Lisa who is gopher, organizer and potetial pacer.

Both .Mark and Elaine suffered with motion sickness on the way across. Mark got into the kayak first to help spot Elaine's way to the beach. There was kelp and flying fish and even a curious sea lion right off the idling boat.

Elaine began her swim at 12:13 AM with Mark by her side in the kayak.

Jim is being very helpful with instructions on where Mark should keep the kayak, how to handle feedling with just one water bottle and placement of glow sticks. He is so knowledgeable and wants to help her make this crossing successful.

We are on our way.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry