I swim some. In August 2016 I swam the Marilyn Bell route across Lake Ontario, ratified by Solo Swims Ontario with swim master Shaun Chisholm. Marathon swimmer and adventurer Madhu Nagaraja led our fantastic team on the water. The swim was part of our ongoing efforts to raise funds and awareness for our Great Lakes. With GLOW: Great Lakes Open Water adventures, we promote and pursue adventures in our home waters and around the world.
On 12 August 2019, after an unsuccessful attempt the previous summer, I crossed the English Channel from Abbot’s Cliff to Cap Gris Nez in 12 hours and 2 minutes, supported by my brother Andrew King, escorted by Simon Ellis and Marilyn Critchley piloting High Hopes, with CS&PF observer Graham Proctor.
On 28 September 2021, I managed to fumble my way across the Catalina Channel under the watchful eyes of CCSF observers Jodi DiLasco and Qing Li and kayakers Barbara Schumacher and Patricio Libenson, supported by Drs. Juan Gabriel Acosta and Isabella Jaramille, and escorted by David Harvey and the crew of Pacific Star.
These are the ones so far I’m pretty happy about …
- Catalina Channel: Island to Mainland (32km, 11hrs 50min, 16-19C, Channel rules)
- English Channel: England to France (33m, 12hrs 2min, 16-18C, Channel rules)
- Lake Ontario: NOTL-Toronto (51km, 18hrs 35min, 22C, Channel rules)
- Burlington Beach to Oakville LOST, July 2016: Burlington Beach to Oakville (18.5km, 5hrs 52m, 17C)
- SF Bridge-to-Bridge 2015. 1:24:05.8 (skin, tide assisted, 10km, 21C)
- Boston Light Swim 2014. 3:28:13 (skin, open water, 13.1km, 15C)
- Elma Couture 10k 2013. 2:37:13 (skin, flat water, 2.5km loop)
- LOST 10k 2012. 3:03:37 (skin, rough water, 3.3km circuit)
- English Bay Challenge 2012. 2:54:45 (wetsuit, open water, 9.1km)
- Eton 10k 2012. 2:20:45 (wetsuit, flat water, 2km loop)