Wanted to raise $$ for a school in Afghanistan. What that has to do with swimming I don’t know. Next up is Bruckner Chase making a second try after also failing last year.
Marathon swimmer Patti Bauernfeind, stung by hundreds of jellyfish, gave up her quest to complete a 23-mile swim of Monterey Bay after about 4½ hours Saturday, just short of the midway point of the quest.
Bauernfeind, 43, left Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz at midnight, hoping to conquer the currents, the cold water and the jellyfish to become the second swimmer ever to swim the bay. Cindy Cleveland did it in 1983, and five other swimmers have failed to equal the feat since then.
Bauernfeind, a Pleasanton resident, swam without a wet suit in accordance with English Channel open-water swimming rules.