The Cambrian

Catalina swim planned to honor David Yudovin

Athletes will relay swim across the ocean channel between Catalina and Point Vicente, Palos Verdes, on Monday, July 20, in an inaugural event that will honor the late David Yudovin, a world-class marathon open-water swimmer who died suddenly in March at his Cambria home.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and Swim Across America are partnering to sponsor the first-ever Catalina Relay Swim, which is being held on what would have been Yudovin’s 64th birthday.

The Catalina Channel is a rugged stretch of water Yudovin knew well: He swam it solo in 1976, 1986, 1993 and 1995. In his 35-year swimming career, he also swam channels in the waters off Africa, Indonesia, Portugal, Tahiti, New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico and Japan and from Africa to Gibraltar and England to France (the English Channel).

In order to participate in the event, each of the 18 swimmers must raise at least $5,000 for Swim Across America. Their fundraising efforts will support cancer research at the City of Hope Cancer Hospital and Research Center.

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Since 1987, Swim Across America has raised more than $65 million through swimming-related events for cancer research, prevention and treatment. The nonprofit currently hosts 18 open-water swims and more than 100 pool swims nationally each year.