Colleen Blair has already done the traditional route of marathon swimming – the English Channel, the North Channel, Manhattan Island and Jersey, but the 33-year-old took on a unique challenge this July. 

Colleen completed the first swim across the Pentland Firth, a 9-mile stretch of cold, rough water between the northern Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands.

With a well-earned reputation as a graveyard for ships, Colleen set sail with her crew in the body of water locals call Hell’s Mouth…for good reason.  Sloshed around a leaf on a windy day, she bobbed and weaved her way across the angry seas to prove herself one of the hardiest marathon swimmers in the world.  Unsinkable, she completed an unprecedented 4 hour and 41 minute crossing where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea.  For her courage throughout the tidal adventure where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea, Colleen Blair’s swim is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.  


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WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.  It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.



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