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Escort Pilots In The Open Water World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The heroes and heroines of the open water are most definitely the swimmers. But other indispensable individuals in the sport - like Charlie Gravett of Jersey in the Channel Island [shown on left] - include pilots, captains, mariners, navigators, oceanographers and skippers who guide, escort, and protect open water swimmers in the world's channels, seas, lakes, bays and rivers.

Below is a very short list of a few of the most renowned and experienced escort pilots around the world and the bodies of water where they ply their trade.

* Abdullah Al Hasni, Oman
* Akis Melas, Sparta
* Alejandro Abarroa, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
* Alison Streeter MBE, English Channel
* Altino Goulart, Faial, Azores
* Andy King, English Channel
* Antonio Caballero, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
* Antonio Montiel Martin, Strait of Gibraltar
* Arend Grondman, Cape Town, South Africa
* Argentino, São Tomé and Príncipe off Central Africa
* Austin Poynton, Ireland
* Belinda Stayton, New York Finger Lakes
* Bendt Lynge, Straits of Florida, Florida-Cuba
* Bernhard Vondenbusch, Rhine River, Germany
* Betty Billings, New York Finger Lakes
* Bob Andrieux, Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
* Bob de la Haye, Jersey, Channel Island
* Brent McLain, Farallon Islands
* Brian Meharg, North Channel, Ireland-Scotland
* Bruce Lippens, Lac Memphrémagog, Vermont
* Captain Bob, Straits of Florida, Key West
* Captain Charnick
* Captain Chris, Cook Strait, New Zealand
* Captain Don, Kauai, Hawaii
* Captain Greg, Montana
* Captain Leonard Hutchinson, English Channel
* Captain Mitch, Straits of Florida, Key West
* Captain Mizushima, Tsugaru Channel, Japan
* Captain William Long, North Channel
* Carlos, Canary Islands
* Charlie Gravett, Jersey, Channel Island
* Charlie Lehr
* Chris Holtslcaw, Straits of Florida, Key West
* Chris Osmond, English Channel
* Chris Sweeney, Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association
* Chris Volaski, Anacapa Channel
* Cliff Golding, Jersey, Channel Island
* Collin Gray, Turks & Caicos
* Danny Page, Arizona
* Darren Willars, Cape Town, South Africa
* Dave Fitzgerald, Kish, Ireland
* Dave Kinley, Farallon Islands, California
* Dave Macmahon, Vancouver, Canada
* Dave Whyte, English Channel
* David Churchhouse, Pantelleria Channel, Tunisia-Italy
* David de Villiers, Mozambique Channel from Mozambique to Madagascar
* Dawn Brooks, West Vancouver, Canada
* Denis Sullivan, Scotland
* Dennis Schutt, Catalina Channel
* Des McLean, Perth, Australia
* Duncan Taylor, English Channel
* Earl Sandvik, Manhattan Island/NYC Swim
* Ed Lynch, Farallon Islands
* Eddie Laird, North Channel
* Eddie Spelling, English Channel
* Edwin de la Cruz, the Philippines
* Eliot Powell, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
* Eric Hartley, English Channel
* Erik Bryan, Arizona
* Francis Garrett, Catalina Channel
* Frank Drum, Farallon Islands
* Fred Mardle, English Channel
* Fred Schiel, Huntington Beach, California
* Gerad, Lake Geneva Swimming Association
* Gergö Kovács, River Körös, Hungary
* Giovanni Arena, Strait of Messina in Sicily, Italy
* Glen Coy, Arizona
* Glenn Drummond, Straits of Florida
* Greg Doolittle, Turks & Caicos
* Greg Elliot, Catalina Channel
* Greg Horoky, Hamilton, Canada
* Greg O'Connor, Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association
* Greg Porteus, Hudson River
* Greg Wise, Catalina Channel
* Gretchen Koffman, San Francisco Bay
* Gunthita Corda, Lake Geneva
* Hal McCormick, San Francisco, Night Train Swimmers
* Hank Schram, Farallon Islands
* Harold Schiebel, Tasmania, Australia
* Hugh Tucker, Cape Town, South Africa
* Ivan Shigaki, Molokai Channel, Hawaii
* Jack Gordon, Lake Erie
* Jai Leal, Bahamas
* James Barrett, Manhattan Island/NYC Swim
* James Buckley, Jersey
* James Crill, Jersey
* James Rocco, Lake Ontario, Canada
* James Whelan, Atlantic City, New Jersey
* James Willi, English Channel
* Jeremy Gooding, Hawaii
* Jerry Thompson, Farallon Islands
* Jim Dixon, Molokai Channel
* John & Lisa Matthews, Farallon Island
* John Bartlett, Straits of Florida [deceased]
* John Berry, Straits of Florida, Key West
* John Bollinger, Straits of Florida, Key West
* John Boreland, Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association
* John Defoe, Vancouver Open Water Swim Association
* John Hendrick, Eastern Cape province of South Africa
* John Matthews, Farallon Islands Swimming Federation
* John Pinnel, Jersey
* John Pittman, Catalina Channel
* Johnny Crompton, South Carolina
* Kanti Göddertz, Lake Geneva
* Karen Lippens, Lac Memphrémagog, Vermont
* Keith Finkelstein, Cape Point, South Africa
* Kevin Sherman, English Channel
* Lance Oram, English Channel
* Lior Eliyahu, Sea of Galilee, Israel
* Mahdi Aghir, Tunisia
* Malcolm Goodman, Bahamas
* Marie Claire, San Francisco Bay
* Marino Cacciotti, San Francisco Bay
* Mark Peters, Jersey
* Marshall Stein, Anacapa Channel, California
* Mathew Clarke, Jersey
* Matt Buckman, Hawaii
* Matt Landis, Long Beach, California
* Matthew Clarke, Jersey
* Mervyn Kinney, North Channel
* Michael Manning, Tasmania, Australia
* Michael Oram, English Channel
* Mick Le Guilcher, Jersey
* Mick Martin, Solent, England
* Mickey Pittman, Catalina Channel
* Mike Bewley, Ventura Harbor, California
* Mike Cochran, Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association
* Mike McCorkle, Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
* Mike Twigg-Smith, Molokai Channel
* Mike Yost, San Francisco Bay
* Mootaz Talmoudi Tunisia
* Neil Streeter, English Channel
* Nelson Wood, English Channel
* Nick Jeffery, Catalina Channel
* Nicole Yost, San Francisco Bay
* Norman Horner, Mozambique Channel from Mozambique to Madagascar
* Pam Ladds, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont
* Paul Foreman, English Channel
* Paul Luuwai, Molokai Channel
* Paul Newman, English Channel
* Pedro Umpiere, Puerto Rico
* Peter Bales, Cape Town, South Africa
* Peter Mourant, Jersey
* Peter Reed, English Channel
* Pradeepta Bürgisser, Lake Geneva
* Pádraig Mallon, North Channel
* Quinten Nelson, North Channel
* R.T. Brown, Arizona
* Rabi, Arabian Sea
* Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa, Strait of Gibraltar
* Ray Brickell, English Channel
* Ray Cooper, English Channel
* Reg Brickell, Jr., English Channel
* Reg Brickell, Sr., English Channel
* Richard Bavaro, Manhattan Island/NYC Swim
* Robert Andresen, Manhattan Island/NYC Swim
* Robert Fernald, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont
* Ron Knight, Bahamas
* Ryan Tozer, Loch Ness, Scotland
* Sara Hajdu, Atlantic Ocean (transoceanic swims)
* Sebastian Sanchéz Rios, Strait of Gibraltar
* Simon Ellis, English Channel
* Spencer Dennis, Lake Travis, Austin, Texas
* Steve Manning, Jersey
* Stuart Gleeson, English Channel
* Sue Frehse, Great Salt Lake, Utah
* Tamas Hamor, Atlantic Ocean (transoceanic swims)
* Terry Hirt, Catalina Channel
* Tim Dull, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia
* Tim Toyne Sewell, Mount Everest/Antarctica
* Tinch Moricich, Catalina Channel
* Mr. Toms, English Channel
* Toni Fiol, Costa Brava
* Tony Beddoe, Jersey
* Tony Pascucci, NYC Swim
* Tony Scalabrino, Cape Town, South Africa
* Tony Tarabocchia, Manhattan Island/NYC Swim
* Tony Trenholm, Northumberland Strait, Canada
* Val Noakes, English Channel
* Vanessa Linsley, Straits of Florida, Key West
* Vito Bialla, Farallon Islands
* William J. Long, English Channel
* Wolfgang Schlosser, Baltic Sea between Denmark and Germany
* Woody Brown, Tampa Bay, Florida
* Zoltan Hamor, Atlantic Ocean (transoceanic swims)

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