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Thursday, June 11, 2015
Honoring Pilots Around The World
The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame has recognized 8 Honour Pilots since 1961.
The male mariners (no women has ever been so honored) in the Hall of Fame are known for their histories of achievements as an escort pilot of channel swimmers. They exclusively include men who have plied the water between England and France in the English Channel:
2003: Reg Brickell, Sr., Great Britain
2004: Captain Leonard Hutchinson and William J. Long, Great Britain
2005: Michael Oram and Duncan Taylor, Great Britain
2007: David Whyte, Great Britain
2009: Reg Brickell, Jr. and Ray Brickell, Great Britain
But the number of escort pilots around the world is large and growing. Below shows a short list of the men and women who have safely escorted swimmers around islands, across channels, down rivers, and in lakes.
Similar to the piloting giants of the channel swimming world, we believe that pilots like Peter Bales of South Africa (shown above with Carina Bruwer) are also worthy of inclusion to the Hall of Fame. Their long history in the sport, the safety concerns they espouse, the optimal routes they navigate on behalf of swimmers are stuff of legend in the waters outside of the English Channel.
Bales, for example, is the chairman and one of the founding members of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association. He has been piloting around the waters of South Africa since the 1970s.
Bales wears a number of hats, all very well. In addition to his piloting duties, he has served as a support crew, observer, administrator and organizer of many open water swimming events in South Africa and continues to play a major role in the most challenging solo swims in Cape Town and other areas in South Africa.
A Short List of Escort Pilots Around the World (active, retired and deceased)
*Antonio Montiel Martin
*Bob de la Haye
*Captain Leonard Hutchinson
*Captain William Long
*David de Villiers
*Edwin de la Cruz
*John & Lisa Matthews
*Mick Le Guilcher
*Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa
*Reg Brickell, Jr.
*Reg Brickell, Sr.
*Sebastian Sanchéz Rios
*Tim Toyne Sewell
*William J. Long
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