Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Howard James (née Keech) was announced today as the winner of the Solo Swim of the Year (male) by the Marathon Swimmers Federation for his English Channel on May 16th 2016, the earliest crossing in history, breaking the previously held record by Kevin Murphy by 13 days.

Howard has that undeniable look of a channel swimmer: a look of determination and intense focus coupled with a sense of adventure and a dash of unbridled joy,” explains Steven Munatones. “James did the improbable and accomplished the unprecedented. He literally opened and closed the books on the English Channel crossing season this year in an historically unparalleled fashion.”

Not only did he kickoff the English Channel season with his May 16th success, but he also culminated the season with a November 3rd crossing in 11 hours 38 minutes, breaking the old record by 6 days, previously held by Michael Read set in 1979.

In both cases (his earliest and latest record-setting crossings), James was escorted by pilot Andy King under the auspices of the Channel Swimming Association.

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