Andy Truscott Discuss Setting The Bar On WOWSA Live

Andy Truscott Discuss Setting The Bar On WOWSA Live

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Records in the open water are constantly being set and broken, planned and dreamed. A few records are covered around the world like Quadruple English Channel crossing of Sarah Thomas. Other records are also mind boggling, but not covered outside the marathon swimming community like the Double Down of Liz Fry at the 2015 SCAR Swim Challenge when she completed a 26.6 km double crossing of Saguaro Lake, a 28.2 km double crossing of Canyon Lake, a 45.6 km double crossing of Apache Lake, and a 18 km double crossing of Roosevelt Lake over a four-day period at the age of 56.

Andy Truscott is somewhere in the middle of those two extremes between Thomas’ worldwide recognition and Fry’s limited niche acknowledgement by the community. Truscott, the King of the Isle of Jersey for his seven career 50.5 km circumnavigation swims around Jersey, is an open water swimming coach, mentor and pioneering marathon swimmer from Jersey in the Channel Islands. He dreams big.

While his open water career has spanned 25 years, it has been most recently when he started to plan and conquer unprecedented marathon swims: from Minquiers to Jersey in 2016, from Jersey to France and back to Jersey in 2017, and the Double Round Jersey in 2018. His Guinness World Record swim – the Fastest Double Circumnavigation of the Island Of Jersey shattered the existing swim by a distance of 50.5 km.

His Jersey to France Double Crossing was a finalist for the British Long Distance Swimming Association Annual Awards (Performance of the Year) in 2017. He was twice listed as one of the World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men by the World Open Water Swimming Association, and was a shortlisted finalist in The Marathon Swimmers’ Federation Annual Award for 2018 Solo Swim Of The Year.

In yesterday’s WOWSA Live interviews with Truscott (part 1 and part 2), he describes his swims and his goals.

On July 7th 2019, Truscott completed a 50.5 km swim around Jersey, but considered it a training swim in preparation for his unprecedented Triple Round Jersey attempt around Jersey. But his August 1st Triple Round Jersey attempt feel short, but he still completed a Double Round Jersey despite being ill, making him the only person to have completed two double circumnavigation swims.

Inspired by Sally Minty-Gravett M.B.E., Truscott explains his future goals and dreams both for himself and his fellow swimmers, both recreational and veterans.

Career Swims (to date):

  • On 22 August 2001, he completed a 50.5 km km Round Jersey swim around the Island of Jersey in 10 hours 39 minutes 48 seconds.
  • On 25 April 2015, he finished 9th in the 37 km Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Florida in 13 hours 11 minutes at the age of 34.
  • On 5 July 2015, he completed a 22.5 km crossing from Jersey to France in 7 hours 7 minutes, the fastest local swim at the time.
  • On 18 July 2016, he completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 13 hours 57 minutes.
  • In 2016, he completed a 22.5 km crossing from Jersey to France in 6 hours 37 minutes, a new record at the time.
  • In 2016, he pioneered an unprecedented two-person relay with Alison Wood from Les Minquiers to Jersey in 6 hours 23 minutes, the first attempt and success.
  • In 2016,he pioneered an unprecedented 18 km crossing from Les Minquiers to Jersey in the Channel Islands in 7 hours 17 minutes, the first solo attempt and success.
  • In 2016, he completed a 3-person relay around Jersey in 10 hours 25 minutes.
  • In 2017, he completed the first Jersey to France to Jersey crossing of 45 km in 16 hours 39 minutes. At the time, he was the first person to swim from Jersey to France three times, with four swims (two singles, and one double) between Jersey and France in three consecutive years.
  • On 15 July 2018, he pioneered an unprecedented 101 km Double Round Jersey swim in 22 hours 7 minutes. Lap one in 10 hours 35 minutes; Lap two in 11 hours 32 minutes.
  • On 7 July 2019, he completed a 50.5 km circumnavigation of Jersey in 10 hours 54 minutes.
  • On 1 August 2019, he completed yet another Double Round Jersey swim in 22 hours 32 minutes. Lap one was 10 hours 58 minutes; Lap two was 11 hours 34 minutes. In doing so completing two Double Round Jersey swims in consecutive years and remains the only person to have swum two Double Round Jerseys.

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