One swim was incorrectly included in that dream swim list: #8 Block Island to Point Judith in the state of Rhode Island on the east coast of the United States.
The then-53-year-old crossed in 5 hours and 4 minute. A member of the exclusive Half Century Club, his Block Island swim is now noted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame online archives.
“The seas were perfect. I only swallowed seawater twice, and then it wasn’t all that much. I landed directly below the lighthouse and felt elated. The swim went off almost perfectly from start to finish. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to continue to support this most worthy cause of the Epilepsy Foundation. It was not a hard swim, but logistically it was an intriguing one.”
Jim has done a number of unprecedented swims, all done for charity and in honor of his daughter who suffers from epilepsy, including a risky swim (facing sharks) across the Pollack Rip Channel between Cape Cod and Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.
Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones