Southern California Public Radio: Swimmers face dark, cold ocean in 20-mile swim from Catalina to Palos Verdes

Catalina Island is a popular Southern California day trip. Catch a ferry to the island, and in about an hour, you're there, looking back at the mainland about 20 miles away. But Catalina is also a destination for a feat of athletic endurance: a very long, cold, dark ocean swim from the island back to the shores of Palos Verdes.

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Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Dean Bragonier, Kerry Yonushonis' Bicoastal Challenge

Dean Bragonier and Kerry Yonushonis are teaming up to create and complete the Bicoastal Aquathon, a series of two charity swims to raise awareness and funds to fight dyslexia. The Bicoastal Aquathon includes two separate open water swims on both the West Coast and East Coast of America in August. It includes the Bicoastal Relay Team that comprises of dyslexic students who will swim a 4.2-mile relay along the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts led by Bragonier* and Kerry Swims For Dyslexia, a 22-mile crossing from Santa Catalina Island to Long Beach, California by Yonushonis.

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The NoticeAbility 2016 Bicoastal Aquathon


During the summer of 2015, NoticeAbility’s Founder, Dean Bragonier, was the first person to successfully swim around Martha’s Vineyard Island. This year NoticeAbility is upping the ante. On Sunday, August 7th, NoticeAbility’s Bicoastal Relay Team will complete a 26.2 miles, open-ocean swim, passing the baton between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. NoticeAbility’s team will be anchored by Kerry Yonushonis who will attempt a solo 20-mile swim from Catalina Island to Long Beach, CA. At the same time, Dean will lead a team of dyslexic students in a 6.2-mile relay swim along the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Together the Pacific and Atlantic contingents will complete the world’s first Bicoastal Aquathon.Stay tuned for updates featuring the Martha's Vineyard Swim Team on Facebook and Twitter.