Randy Perkins’ Conquest of the Straits of Magellan

18987_10151358692144592_1711193143_nGreetings Swimmers!  Coastie Rob here with an update on Randy “Conquistador” Perkins’ crossing of the Straits of Magellan.  Yesterday morning at approximately 9AM, Randy embarked on his cold, harrowing swim across the Straits of Magellan in temperatures ranging from 36.5 to 41 deg Fahrenheit. To give you an idea of how cold that is:

1. San Francisco Bay is currently as low as 49.8 degrees Fahrenheit during our “Swim with Pedro” workouts.  That’s between 8 and 13 degrees more that the Straits of Magellan were yesterday.

2. The average human body can survive 10-15 minutes in 41 degree fahrenheit water before showing symptoms of hypothermia if not moving.

3. An average swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park (1.25 miles) is about 45 minutes to 1 hour or more give or take.  The Straits of Magellan are a similar waterway to the San Francisco Bay transit corridor betweem Alcatraz and Aquatic Park in width.

Randy endured currents ranging between 11 to 17 knots (nautical miles per hour), facing a challenging, ripping 17 knot current during his last quarter mile that drove him .5 miles off his course.  Here you can see Randy trying to warm up after his swim.

Randy was fortunate enough to be accompanied by Coach Pedro Ordenes of Water World Swim during his amazing journey to Tierra del Fuego, Chile and across the Straits of Magellan.  Here is Randy receiving a commemorative plaque from the Governor of Tierra del Fuego, his wife, and the Commandant of the local Navy base.  And as always, there’s Randy’s smile at the end of his momentous swim :)  Do you yourself have an amazing story to share with us at Water World Swim?  Email us at: info@waterworldswim.com.  Congratulations Randy on your monumental achievement!

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