Remembering Charlie Gravett, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Famer

Courtesy of Melissa Roberts, Jersey.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Contributor, Charlie Gravett of Jersey, passed away on July 6th at the age of 77.

Ned Denison writes, “Charlie was a big personality, extraordinarily generous with his time, and a leader in the sport for more than 50 years. He’ll be missed by so many.

As a swimmer, Gravett’s six-man 115.86 km relay in 44 hours in 1962 from Anima Bernie in southern Turkey to Kyrinia, Cyprus was included in the the Guinness World Records.

From 1987, he served as an escort pilot for the IMSHOF Honor Organization Jersey Long Distance Swimming Association in the Channel Islands. Courses that Gravett guided included the 66 km Around Jersey and the 26 km Jersey to France crossing.

During these trips, Charlie and all crews acted in a volunteer capacity – with all swim funds used by the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Association to promote open water swimming in Jersey, especially amongst children.

Fellow International Marathon Swimming Hall of Famer Melissa Roberts remembers Gravett well, “So many of us had the honor of meeting Charlie. With the current restrictions due to COVID-19, we won’t be able to pay our respects in the traditional way. We also want to be able to support his wife Sally Minty-Gravett during this difficult time and help celebrate Charlie’s life.

Charlie’s memorial service will be held on July 24th in Jersey where Sal has organized for painted pebbles to be thrown into the sea in Jersey in his memory. I thought we could all do something similar wherever we are in the world and compile photos of it for Sal. Wherever you are around the world, throw a pebble in Charlie’s memory into the sea, lake, river or pool on Friday July 24th.

You can paint a small pebble with an appropriate fun message, or something as simple as RIP Charlie Gravett 1943-2020 and take a photo of your painted pebble, a photo of where it was tossed, and email to [email protected] with your name and where you tossed your pebble. The photos will be compiled and sent to Sal.”

Gravett is shown above with his wife and fellow International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Sally Minty-Gravett.

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