Accomplished Swimmer turned Back by Strong Current
We are starting to gain some sort of understanding of how the wind and tides and currents effect these swims. We know (obviously) that the wind needs to be behind the swimmer. On a Molokai to Oahu swim that means a wind out of the Northeast, East or Southeast. We also know that while possible, days with an extreme tide difference are trouble. I don't know what the scientific term is but there's just a lot of water sloshing around. Approaching Oahu during a dropping tide is s
Oldest Successful Swimmer of the Kaiwi Channel.
On Saturday May 20, 2017 Pat Gallant Charette became the oldest swimmer to successfully cross the Kawai Channel( 23:54.) She told me right after the swim that she was exactly 66 years and 107 days old. Great job Pat. I stopped counting after 50 but maybe now I'll catch some of that enthusiasm and embrace aging. Many swimmers and most followers of the Kaiwi swims are focused on the fastest crossing times but being in the water for 24 hours is some real serious endurance. I as