English Channel Rules – Must stop for tea.
The 36-year-old swimmer and his brother Joe Zemaitis set off from Santa Cruz around 7 p.m. on Tuesday hoping to become the first men to complete the 25.1 mile swim across the bay using “English Channel” rules. Those rules state that the swimmer must be unassisted and cannot wear a wet suit.
Only John was able to complete the swim. His older brother, Joe, had to be pulled from the water after showing signs of hypothermia about a mile offshore from Monterey.
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Dublin’s Patti Bauernfeind made it about halfway through her second attempt to swim across the Monterey Bay on Tuesday morning before jellyfish stings once again forced her to stop.
Cindy Cleveland crossed the Monterey Bay in 1983 in 17 hours, becoming the only person known to complete the swim without a wetsuit. Last year, Santa Cruz native Chase Bruckner completed the swim in 14 hours after stopping near Moss Landing to put on a wetsuit when jellyfish stings became unbearable.
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