Peter Bales, A Navigating Giant Of South Africa

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Michael Oram (English Channel), Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa (Strait of Gibraltar), Quinten Nelson (North Channel), Greg Elliott (Catalina Channel), Captain Mizushima (Tsugaru Channel), Bob Andrieux (Santa Barbara Channel), and Charlie [...]

Escort Pilots To Be Nominated And Honoured

After reading about the courageous and skilled mariners who have been inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as Honour Pilots, we also think of many more escort pilots who should be nominated [...]

Nothing Is Guaranteed In The Open Water

After reading a variety of analyses and comments on the 2013 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim where fewer than half of the swimmers finished (read one comprehensive example here on Freshwater Swimmer), it is clear how [...]

Follow Me…Escort Pilots On The High Seas

Escort pilots are the umbilical cord between the open water swimmer and safety. Without them, swimmers literally could not swim (straight) from Point A to Point B. They are the selfless, professional guides of the [...]