Two Victoria women to attempt to swim across Juan de Fuca Strait – Washington State to Victoria – as completed only 7 times before

UPDATE July 31/17:

THE swim is on!  At least one swimmer entered the water to begin at 7:15am today.

From a press release:

On Sunday, July 30 (dependent on weather) Susan Simmons and Jill Yoneda (both from Victoria BC) will attempt to swim across Juan De Fuca Strait, from Dungeness Spit In Washington state, to Victoria. The 30-35 km swim will start between 6 AM to 8 AMdepending on conditions, and is expected to take 12 to 15 hours.

Susan was diagnosed with MS over twenty years ago and has been a long distance swimmer for over 7 years. She has many accomplished swims under her belt including a 70K swim In Lake Cowichan, and back to back 25 km swims in the Great Bear Rainforest. This is her first attempt at crossing the Juan De Fuca Strait. Susan will be attempting this swim unassisted without a wetsuit.

Jill Yoneda is a former member of Canada’s National Free Diving team, who swam with Susan Simmons in the Great Bear Rainforest in 2016. This is also her first attempt at the Juan De Fuca crossing. Jill is still recovering from a major surgery on her right leg done 7 weeks ago and has a left foot drop but will still be attempting this swim. For this reason, Jill’s swim will be done with a wetsuit to help provide buoyancy to her legs and to minimize the pain. This is only Jill’s second marathon swim.

Both women have physical limitations but are determined to make it across. This will be the same route that Marilyn Bell did in 1956. Only 7 people have successfully crossed this 30+km route, the last person being Fin Donnelly in 1994.

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