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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sabrina Wiedmer Completes Crossing Of Dál Riata Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

June 29th was a very successful day on the North Channel.

"Two boats crossed two different parts of the North Channel and both were successful," recalls Pádraig Mallon of Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services.

Sabrina Wiedmer of Switzerland became the first female to successfully swim solo across the Dál Riata Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"This was only the second attempt by a solo lady swimmer in 88 years.

The Dál Raita was first attempted by Mercedes Gleitze in 1928.

Sabrina started at Mull of Kintyre after 11 am. A steady 10-11°C (50-51.8°F) water nipped as did the sting of the notorious Lion's mane jellyfish, but this did not stop her steady stroke rate as she pushed for the shoreline and completed an 8 hour 30 minute finish between Cushendun and Cushendal Bay, covering 32.3 km

Upper photo shows Wiedmer closing in on Cushendun Bay in the Glens of Antrim. She made landfall just beside the inlet of the Glendun River. Lower photos shows her leaving the shores of the Mull of Kintyre in 10.7°C water.

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