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Swimming For Miles And Miles Across The Catalina Channel

How far is the San Pedro Channel, otherwise known as the Catalina Channel? This map shows the swim distance as 20.2 statute miles or 17.55 nautical miles.

The absolutely shortest distance (from Arrow Point on Catalina Island to Long Point on Palos Verdes on the California coast) is 19.6 statute miles or 17.03 miles. However, the Arrow Point start is not practical under Catalina Channel Swimming Federation rules which require an onshore start.

Arrow Point is a sharp cliff face that does not allow for an onshore start. Doctor’s Cove on Catalina island to Long Point on the California coast is almost exactly 20 miles.

Something that over 200 soloists have done since 1927.

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