Craig Coombs’ record-breaking swim around Alameda (“Local to Attempt Setting Record for Swimming around the Island City,” Sept. 6) prompted me to investigate my grandfather’s record swims. As I looked through my grandmother’s belongings, I came upon several newspaper clippings documenting my grandpa’s records.
Last Sunday morning, local swimmer Craig Coombs, 57, completed a swim around the Main Island of Alameda in 7 hours and 13 minutes, shaving some 25 minutes off the previous record of 7 hours, 38 minutes and 39.5 seconds set in 1951. Coombs began his swim at 3:15 a.m. and faced some choppy waters around 4 a.m.
Alameda resident Craig Coombs, 57, has set a personal mission to be the first person complete a swim around the Main Island. Coombs plans to start his swim from the jetty on the east side of Crown Beach (in front of the bowling alley) at 3:15 a.m. this Sunday, Sept. 9. He then intends to swim clockwise around the Island City. If all goes as Coombs expects, the entire swim will take eight hours, give or take 30 minutes.