Question: What is the world record?
Answer: The world record for swimming the English
Channel was just set on August 1, 2005 by Christof Wandratsch of
Germany in 7 hours 3 minutes and 52 seconds. That is going approximately
58.5 seconds per 100 yards for 7 hours straight and that included
stopping for feedings every 20 minutes. For a while he was going
3.1 miles per hour. No, the tides do not aid you.
Question: Who swam the Channel first? When was
the first female crossing?
a) First Crossing:
Captain Matthew Webb, Great Britain, 1875, 21 hours, 45 minutes.
(2nd attempt. Died swimming across the Niagra River eight years
b) First Female Crossing:
Gertrude Ederle, United States, 1926, 14 hours, 31 minutes (2nd
Question: How old do you have to be?
Answer: George Brunstad (Matt Damon’s uncle)
became the oldest person to swim across when he crossed last year
at age 70. At 57, Carol Sing of the United States became the oldest
woman to swim the Channel when she did so in 1999. And in 1988,
Mr. Thomas Gregory became the youngest swimmer to cross the Channel
at just shy of 12-years-old.
Question: What is the White Horse Inn?
Answer: After completion of an English Channel
swim, it is tradition to write your name in the walls of White Horse
Inn, a pub in Dover, where patrons like to swap Channel swim stories
with those who are making an assault on the shores of France, or
have just returned.
Question: Have more people swum the English Channel
or summitted Everest?
Answer: About 1500 people have successfully climbed
Everest. At the end of 2003 (the last, best accurate counting),
the total number of crossings of the English Channel were:
- 972 successful crossings (by a total 656 people)
- 25 2-way crossings
- 3 3-way crossings
- A number of people have swum it more than once. One woman, Alison
Streeter, has swum it 43 times and is still counting).