Quinton Nelson


Quinton’s first piloting assignment of the North Channel was in August 1988.  Margaret Kidd (now Margaret Gibson) from Scotland set the record (which still stands) as the youngest swimmer and missed by just 1 day being the first female ever to complete the North Channel.  One year later he piloted IMSHOF Honor Swimmer Kevin Murphy who completed the first ever swim Scotland to Ireland.

Quinton took a break from piloting until requested to resume in 2012 due to increased Oceans Seven popularity.  He had experimented with a new route in the 1980s and now refined it using modern technology. It has helped to significantly increase the percentage of successful swims and his total now stands at 23 successful crossings.   Quinton helped four other swimmers set records: Fergal Somerville, Ireland, in June 2013 the earliest in any season in 12 hours and 21 minutes; Michelle Macy, USA, in 2013 the fastest overall in 9 hours and 34 minutes; Milko van Gool, Netherlands, in 2013 the fastest male in 10 hours and 34 minutes (record since broken) and Pat Gallante-Charette, USA, in 2017 the oldest female.