Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

As of December 15th, Bill Welzien swam another 13 circumnaviga- tion solo swims around Key West in 2016, bringing his lifetime total to 86.

With the goal of matching Theodore Yach’s Century Swim in South Africa, both Welzien and Kathie Hewko across the Golden Gate Bridge are aiming to achieve their own Century Swims soon.

My goal to arrive at 100 by the end of 2017.”

#73 on April 23rd, 6 hours 28 minutes with escort kayaker Douglas Weeks
#74 on May 21st, 6 hours 52 minutes with escort kayaker Jane Welzien
#75 on June 4th, 6 hours 15 minutes with escort kayaker David Welzien
#76 on June 22nd, 6 hours 19 minutes with escort kayaker Jane Welzien
#77 on July 5th, 6 hours 47 minutes with escort kayaker John Gildersleeve
#78 on August 3rd, 6 hours 35 minutes with escort kayaker Jane Welzien
#79 on August 17th, 6 hours 35 minutes with escort kayaker Abigail White
#80 on September 3rd, 6 hours 37 minutes with escort kayaker Dr. Ryan Barnett
#81 on September 16th, 7 hours 5 minutes with escort kayaker Jane Welzien
#82 on September 30th, 6 hours 36 minutes with escort kayaker Billy Welzien
#83 on October 15th 6 hours 17 seconds with escort kayaker Billy Welzien
#84 on November 14th, 5 hours 55 minutes with escort kayaker Abigail White
#85 on November 16th 6 hours 30 minutes with escort kayaker Nora Jones
#86 on December 15th 6 hours 7 minutes with escort kayaker Jane Welzien

Photo shows Bill Welzien with daughter after #86.

Footnote: Welzien completed his 87th swim on December 29th in 6 hours 12 minutes with escort kayaker Jeremy Smith.

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