wisconsin swimmer leads marathon finish
Samantha Simon of Janesville, Wis., was the first of only five swimmers to finish Saturday's Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. The 24-year-old led the field of 16 through choppy seas to finish in 12 hours and 18 minutes, which was 3 hours longer than it took her to swim the same course six years ago. Carl Selles, 67, became the oldest to swim the 24-mile length of Tampa Bay. Arnie Bellini finished the course in 16 hours, 17 minutes to establish an endurance mark for the event.
The Tampa Bay area's top blue water racers take off this morning for a 456-mile race from the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg to the northern tip of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club's Regatta del Sol al Sol is one of the last great open-ocean races in Florida. When the wind is good, a fast boat can make it in three days. But when the weather is bad, a boat can linger in the Gulf of Mexico for more than a week. This year's fleet includes more than 20 boats.
The Davis Island Yacht Club has resurrected the Morgan Invasion, named after the legendary sailor and yacht designer, Charley Morgan. The race, renamed the Tampa Bay Hospice Cup, is open to both Morgan and non-Morgan sailboats. In addition to the traditional Morgan Invasion fleets, Saturday's regatta also features open non-Morgan fleets for PHRF, multi-hulls, and a cruiser-friendly, "just-for-fun" casual sailors.
Send news to Terry Tomalin at [email protected] or call (727) 893-8808.
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