Along with Antonio Argüelles, Ram Barkai, Lewis Pugh, Sally Minty-Gravett MBE, and Pat Gallant-Charette, New York City’s Jaimie Monahan officially received two Guinness World Record certificates from adjudicator Kim Partrick at the 2018 Open Water Summit and WOWSA Awards at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.
Monahan set two Guinness World Records: the First to Complete the Ice Sevens in 2017 and the Fastest Six Continents Swim in 2018.
In July 2017, Monahan completed the first documented Ice Sevens in history with the following Ice Miles:
#1: in Europe on 2 April 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland in 3.70°C water (3°C wind chill + 5.6°C air) in 35 minutes 0 seconds in the sea with 12 km/hr wind speed
#2: in Asia (Ice Zero Mile) on 18 December 2016 in Tyumen, Russia in -0.03°C water (-31°C wind chill + air) in 30:20 in an ice pool cut into a frozen lake
#3: in Africa on 13 February 2017 in Aguelmame Sidi Ali Lake, Morocco in 4.9°C water (-0.5°C wind chill + 3°C air) in 32:18 in a mountain lake with 14 km/hr wind speed
#4: within Arctic Circle on 4 March 2017 in Mikkelvik Brygge, Karlsøy, Norway in 2.37°C water (-3.5°C air) in 32:09 in the sea with 4 km/hr wind speed
#5: in North America on 9 March 2017 at M Street Beach, Boston, USA in 4.63°C water (6.1°C wind chill + 9°C air) in 26:16 in the sea with 20 km/hr wind speed
#6: in Oceania on 15 May 2017 in Tasman Lake, Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand in 2.37°C water (14°C air) in 26:44 in a glacier lake
#7: in South America on 2 July 2017 in Ushuaia, Argentina in 4.76°C water (5.9°C air) in 29:05 in the Beagle Channel
In 2018, Monahan completed the following six marathon swims over a 16-day period:
Swim #1: South America: On August 13th 2018 from Pendales to Corales del Rosario National Park in Cartagena, Colombia. With observers Arik Thormahlen and Santiago Marin Piedrahita, and pilots Johnes Luis Pimentes Avila and Oscar Bedoya, Cartagena, Colombia, Monahan completed a 10.2 km swim in 5 hours 25 minutes 1 second in 30 – 32.7°C water.
Swim #2: Oceana: On August 17th 2018 from Little Bay Beach to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. With observer Vlad Mravec, pace swimmer Dean Summers, and kayaker Arik Thormahlen, Monahan completed a 10.5 km swim in 4 hours 11 minutes 12 seconds in 15°C water.
Swim #3: Asia: On August 20th 2018 along the length of East Coast Park. With pilot-observer Kelvin Tan and kayaker Arik Thormahlen, Monahan completed a 10.5 km swim in 3 hours 27 minutes 13 seconds in 29°C water.
Swim #4: Africa: On August 24th 2018 from Al’Mina Ash Sharqiyah Marina in Eastern Harbour to Beau Rivage Jetty in Alexandria, Egypt. With observer Ahmed Badawy, observer Adem Badawy, and kayaker Arik Thormahlen, Monahan completed a 10.5 km in 5 hours 21 minutes in 30°C water.
Swim #5: Europe: On August 24th 2018 from Lausanne, Switzerland to Evian-les-Bains, France. With event organizer Tim Davies and kayaker Arik Thormahlen, Monahan completed the 13 km Geneva Classic in Lake Geneva in 4 hours 50 minutes in 20°C water.
Swim #6: North America: On August 28th 2018 around Manhattan Island. With observer Janine Serell, escort boat pilot Sean Makofsky, and kayaker Arik Thormahlen, Monahan completed the 45.9 km circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island starting and ending at Pier A in 9 hours 43 minutes.
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