Gracie O'Connell - Redondo Beach to LAX

Redondo Beach to Dockweiler Beach (LAX)

10.9 km (6.8 miles)

2 hours, 53 minutes on 20 September 2020

Observed and documented by Krista Anderson



  • Name: Gracie O’Connell
  • Gender: female
  • Age on swim date: 16
  • Nationality: United States
  • Resides: California

Support Personnel

  • Beth Lee - kayaker
  • John York - coach / 2nd observer
  • Krista Anderson - observer

Swim escorted by kayak.

Swim Parameters

  • Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
  • Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
  • Equipment used: Textile swimsuit (Jolyn fixed back), cap, goggles.

Route Definition

Chart House restaurant beach in Redondo Beach, passing west of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach piers, finishing on beach north of Dockweiler Beach jetty.

  • Body of Water: Santa Monica Bay
  • Route Type: one-way
  • Start Location: Beach in front of Chart House restaurant, just north of Redondo Beach breakwater (33.851145, -118.3995670)
  • Finish Location: Beach just north of Dockweiler Beach jetty (LAX) (33.940740, -118.443880)
  • Minimum Route Distance: 10.9 km (6.8 miles) (map)


LongSwimsDB: Santa Monica Bay coastal.

Swim Data

  • Start: 20 September 2020, 06:49 (Pacific Daylight, America/Los_Angeles, UTC-7).
  • Finish: 20 September 2020, 09:42
  • Elapsed: 2 hours, 53 minutes.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (F) 68 68
Air Temp (F) 61 67
Wind (mph) 2.4 E 4.0 S

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 15 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

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Speed Plot

Nutrition: Water every 30 minutes.

Observer Log

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Swimmer Statement

by Gracie O’Connell

What inspired you to do this swim?

I love open water swimming and wanted to push myself to do something “more”. My coach encouraged me to pursue this challenge.

Please describe how you planned for the swim.

I practiced about 3 days a week in the ocean with a few teammates and coach (John York). Because of the covid lockdown, I was able to do more ocean swimming before my classes started on zoom so it helped my enndurance. (One good thing about the pandemic.)

How did the swim go, generally? Did you face any unanticipated challenges?

There was a lot of fog so it was hard to see! Even though I swam the general route several times I didn’t know where the exact finish line was (and either did Beth, my kayaker!) But, it was so great and I am glad that I did it.


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