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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Grinding From Guernsey, 17 Hours Across Molokai Channel

Courtesy of Daniel Hildebrandt and Adrian Sarchet along the Molokai Channel in Hawaii.

Daniel Hildebrandt served on Adrian Sarchet' escort team during his Molokai Channel crossing on July 10th.

"You must be an experienced swimmer, otherwise you don't have a chance to make it through the [26-mile/42 km] channel [but 41-year-old] Adrian [from Guerney] made it in 17 hours 25 minutes from Molokai to Oahu. At the end of the swim he was exhausted, but his will power kept him going. He got out of the water at Sandy Beach on Oahu - exhausted but happy."

Captain Mike Twigg-Smith said, "Our guides helped him to find the right way through the channel at night and made sure there was no shark attack along the way."

Sarchet's track record in the open water:

*Round Guernsey in 2011 in 11 hours 25 minutes
*English Channel in 2012 14 hours 2 minutes
*Catalina Channel in 2013 12 hours 25 minutes
*Round Jersey in 2014 in 11 hours 30 minutes
*Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 2014 in 4 hours 2 minutes
*North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 2015 14 hours 13 minutes
*Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in 2016 in 17 hours 25 minutes

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