Like Ducks to Water

O n September 15 and 16, the Oceanducks, together with the newly formed nonprofit Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA), will host its third annual channel swim to raise money for various environmental groups. The 26-mile relay event begins Friday night at Santa Cruz Island and ends the following evening at East Beach. To participate, you have to be able to swim for 20 to 30 minutes in open ocean water. If that is too daunting, you can swim the last leg of the crossing or kayak the distance. All ages are welcome. The cost is a $99 registration fee and $400 in donations to an ocean-caring nonprofit organization. To register, visit

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