North Channel Solo Swims

The record for the fastest solo crossing – 9 hours, 34 minutes, 39 seconds – has been held since 2013 by American Michelle Macy.

The table below lists all successful North Channel solo swims, beginning with Tom Blower’s pioneering triumph in July 1947.

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Date Swimmer Way Direction Time Pilot
1947-07-27Tom Blower1Donaghadee to Portpatrick15:26:00Andrew White
1970-09-01Kevin Murphy1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:21:00W. Long
1971-08-29Kevin Murphy1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:27:00W. Long
1973-08-11Ted Keenan1Donaghadee to Portpatrick18:27:00W. Long
1988-08-22Alison Streeter1Donaghadee to Portpatrick09:53:42Brian Meharg
1988-08-23Margaret Kidd1Donaghadee to Portpatrick15:26:03Quinton Nelson
1989-08-25Alison Streeter1Portpatrick to Donaghadee10:04:00Brian Meharg
1989-09-07Kevin Murphy1Portpatrick to Donaghadee17:17:48Quinton Nelson
1997-08-18Alison Streeter1Portpatrick to Donaghadee10:02:12Brian Meharg
1999-07-27Paul Lewis1Portpatrick to Donaghadee14:28:00Brian Meharg
2000-07-21Steve Price1Portpatrick to Donaghadee16:56:00Brian Meharg
2004-07-31Colm O`Neill1Portpatrick to Donaghadee11:25:05Brian Meharg
2008-09-12Colleen Blair1Donaghadee to Portpatrick15:23:59Brian Meharg
2010-08-31Steve Redmond1Portpatrick to Donaghadee17:17:01Brian Meharg
2010-09-01Anne Marie Ward1Donaghadee to Portpatrick18:59:26Derek Flanagan
2011-07-27Craig Lenning1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:44:05Brian Meharg
2011-08-02Howard Keech1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:25:00Brian Meharg
2013-06-16Fergal Somerville1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:21:00Quinton Nelson
2013-07-08Anna-Carin Nordin1Portpatrick to Donaghadee14:21:00Brian Meharg
2013-07-15Michelle Macy1Donaghadee to Portpatrick09:34:39Quinton Nelson
2013-07-30Milko Van Gool1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:34:00Quinton Nelson
2013-08-16Pádraig Mallon1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:49:00Brian Meharg
2013-08-29Darren Miller1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:16:00Brian Meharg
2014-07-06Finbarr Hedderman1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:24:00Quinton Nelson
2014-07-07Sabrina Weidmer1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:13:00Quinton Nelson
2014-07-22Guy Moar1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:09:00Brian Meharg
2014-08-06Adam Walker1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:45:00Quinton Nelson
2014-08-07Colleen Mallon1Donaghadee to Portpatrick09:56:00Brian Meharg
2014-09-02Kimberly Chambers1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:06:00Quinton Nelson
2015-06-23Lucaz Kowaljek1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:49:00Quinton Nelson
2015-07-22Graeme Lowe1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:27:00Quinton Nelson
2015-07-24Vicky Miller1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:06:00Brian Meharg
2015-08-07Adrian Sarchet1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:13:00Quinton Nelson
2015-08-07Rohan More1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:46:00Brian Meharg
2015-08-11Ion Lazarenco Tiron1Donaghadee to Portpatrick16:23:45Brian Meharg
2015-09-09Thomas Pembroke1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:10:00Quinton Nelson
2016-07-14Andrew McLaughlin1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:21:00Charles Stewart/Pádraig Mallon
2016-07-14Cameron Bellamy1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:22:03Quinton Nelson
2016-07-31Rachel Doyle1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:14:03Quinton Nelson
2016-08-01Caroline Block1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:31:53Pádraig Mallon/Charles Stewart
2016-08-14Phia Steyn1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:36:03Brian Meharg
2016-08-14Keith Garry1Donaghadee to Portpatrick09:57:28Richard Lafferty/Pádraig Mallon
2016-08-14Steve Walker1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:19:00Quinton Nelson
2016-08-24Pat Gallant Charette1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:22:00Quinton Nelson
2016-08-25Edward Williams1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:58:04Quinton Nelson
2016-08-28Andre Wiersig1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:17:02Quinton Nelson
2017-07-05Carmel Collins1Donaghadee to Portpatrick15:55:21Charles Stewart
2017-07-06Simon Olliver1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:56:00Brian Meharg
2017-07-06Herman Van Der Westhuigen1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:30:37Charles Stewart
2017-07-07Jonathan Ratcliffe1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:41:03Charles Stewart
2017-07-17Lynton Mortensen1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:49:17Pádraig Mallon/Charles Stewart
2017-08-03Antonio Arguelles1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:32:32Quinton Nelson
2017-08-04Caroline Block1Donaghadee to Portpatrick15:32:25Pádraig Mallon/Charles Stewart
2017-08-16Abhejali Bernardova1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:23:38Quinton Nelson
2017-08-30Matthias Kassner1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:24:00Charles Stewart/Pádraig Mallon
2017-08-30Dean Summers1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:07:35Richard Lafferty
2017-09-01Christopher Judge1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:32:39Richard Lafferty
2018-06-25Nicholas Murch1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:48:57Charles Stewart/Pádraig Mallon
2018-07-06Caroline Block1Donaghadee to Portpatrick16:46:06Pádraig Mallon
2018-07-21Marcia Cleveland1Donaghadee to Portpatrick15:03:00Quinton Nelson
2018-07-22Amy Gubser1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:10:00Pádraig Mallon
2018-08-04Prabhat Koli1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:41:00Quinton Nelson
2018-08-04Kieron Palfarman1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:18:00Pádraig Mallon
2018-08-05Jaroslav Chytil1Donaghadee to Portpatrick16:04:00Charles Stewart
2018-08-20Mariel Hawley1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:15:00Quinton Nelson
2018-08-20Jenny Smith1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:06:00Pádraig Mallon
2018-09-04Ryan Utsumi1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:34:00Pádraig Mallon
2018-09-05Rachael Elkaim1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:32:00Pádraig Mallon
2018-09-05Nora Toledano Cadena1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:26:00Quinton Nelson
2018-09-05Marty Filipowski1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:26:00Charles Stewart
2019-06-25Catherine Breed1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:06:39Pádraig Mallon
2019-07-11Susan Knight1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:42:01Pádraig Mallon
2019-07-29Kamil Resa Alsaran1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:55:37Pádraig Mallon
2019-08-08Arleen Gonzales1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:53:59Quinton Nelson
2019-08-08Sam Poulsen1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:12:18Brian Meharg
2019-08-08Joe Zemaitis1Donaghadee to Portpatrick10:48:38Pádraig Mallon
2019-08-13Martyn Webster1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:12:03Quinton Nelson
2019-08-13Julieanne Goode1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:26:09Richard Lafferty
2019-08-13Caroline Block1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:39:11Charles Stewart
2019-08-13John Zemaitis1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:03:19Pádraig Mallon
2019-08-13David Conradie1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:12:03David Henry/Jack Boyle
2019-08-25Elizabeth Fry1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:13:11Quinton Nelson
2019-08-25Anna Strachan1Donaghadee to Portpatrick11:14:42Pádraig Mallon
2019-08-25John Haughton1Donaghadee to Portpatrick13:12:39Charles Stewart
2019-08-26Jorge Criviles Villanueva1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:54:57Quinton Nelson
2019-08-26Pierre Lord1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:41:18Jack Boyle/David Henry
2019-08-26Attila Manyoki1Donaghadee to Portpatrick12:11:02Pádraig Mallon
2019-09-08Zach Margolis1Donaghadee to Portpatrick14:24:32Tim Griffin/Jack Boyle