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Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Unprecedented Two-Way Three Times, Twice As Nice

Courtesy of Ned Denison, English Channel.

Corporate attorney Courtney Moates Paulk is closing in on the Double Triple.

The Double Triple is a double accomplishment of the traditional Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming . A swimmer must completed a solo two-way crossing of the English Channel, a solo two-way crossing of the Catalina Channel and a double circumnavigation swim of Manhattan Island.

But Courtney first became a traditional Triple Crowner at the age of 42:

* In June 2011, she completed the 45.8 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 8 hours 59 minutes
* In June 2012, she completed the 45.8 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 9 hours 29 minutes
* In August 2012, she completed a 33.8 km English Channel crossing from England to France in 14 hours 4 minutes
* In September 2013, she completed a 32.3 km Catalina Channel crossing from Catalina Island to the mainland in 11 hours 50 minutes
* In September 2016, she completed a 32.3 km Catalina Channel crossing from Catalina Island to the mainland in 16 hours 3 minutes

Now she has completed two of the legs of her Double Triple and is about to embark on the unprecedented Double Triple scheduled for mid-August:

* In July 2017, she finished second in the 91.8 km 40 Bridges - Double Manhattan Island Swim in 20 hours 15 minutes 15 seconds with an 8 hour 55 minute first circumnavigation and an 11 hour 20 minute second circumnavigation at the age of 47
* In October 2017, she completed a 64.6 km Catalina Channel two-way crossing between the Southern California mainland and Catalina Island in 33 hours 13 minutes with a 12 hour 28 minute first leg and a 20 hour 45 minute second leg

"She certainly has the stamina, mindset and the proven ability to withstand colder waters," observed Steven Munatones. "Her prolific career includes the 12.9 km Boston Light Swim, 17.5-mile Ederle Swim, 14.1 km Canyon Lake, 13.3 km Saguaro Lake, 27.3 km Apache Lake and 9 km Roosevelt Lake crossings in the SCAR Swim Challenge, 30.5 km Cape Cod Bay Swim, and Triple Dip in Coney Island. She has an abundance of experience in all kinds of conditions, she is hardened beyond belief, and she has recruited pilots and support crew that enable her success.

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