Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Back in the English Channel swimming history in 1985, Suzanne Heim-Bowen did a 10 hour 11 minute crossing.

17 people successfully crossed the English Channel that year including some speedy crossings by Philip Rush who did a two-way crossing in 17 hours 56 minutes, Paul Asmuth who did two separate crossings in 8:12 and 8:34, and Eric Johnson in 8:20. But there was also a 10:42 crossing by India’s Taranath Narayan Shenoy, a 22:15 crossing by one of the world’s most accomplished adventurers Stephen Fossett, and a 15:03 crossing by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Famer Sally Minty-Gravett.

Carol Lee plastered channel grease on me,” explains Heim-Bowen.

There was the no sea water beyond rule [so] I got pretty cut up. After 10 hours in the Channel, I had rubber legs and had a hard time with balance and standing up.”

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