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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Trio Triumphs Across Dál Riata Channel
The Dál Riata Channel Swim, previously known as the Mull of Kintyre Swim, is a newer and shorter 17 km channel swim between Mull of Kintyre in Scotland to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.
The 10.5-mile crossing was first attempted by Mercedes Gleitze in 1928 and was finally completed by Wayne Soutter from Mull of Kintyre in Scotland to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland in 2012 and later crossed by 210° Southwest, a 4-person relay team in 7 hours 33 minutes.
teamRIPTIDE - with Michelle Brooker, Jack Boyle and Noel Grimes - became the first three-person team to make this crossing. They started at the Mull Of Kintyre in Scotland and made landfall south of Cushendun in Northern Ireland in 7 hours 44 minutes.
"Their crew included Milo McCourt and Afreen Ahmed with co-navigator Charles Stewart. At one point, their maximum swim speed was clocked at 9.9 km per hour," reported co-navigator Pádraig Mallon. "This brings the total to three successful crossings of the Dál Riata Channel with many more aspirants with swim slots for the coming season with Infinity Channel Swimming."
Upper photo shows Jack Boyle being watched closely by Milo McCourt. Lower photo shows teamRIPTIDE making landfall with Michelle Brooker finishing 44 minutes into her swim leg while Boyle and Grimes joined her on the final swim to shore.
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