David Whyte Talks About Crossing The English Channel On WOWSA Live

David Whyte Talks About Crossing The English Channel On WOWSA Live

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame has inducted a number of Honor Pilots during the 21st century including:

David Whyte talked about his many memorable crossings of the English Channel during a WOWSA Live interview with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairperson Ned Denison:

  • he remembers the crossing by Victor Malwa of Zambia in 13 hours in 2005
  • he remembers the nearly unbelievable crossing by Walid Ahmed Abdel Kader in 12 hours 59 minutes. Walid is a disabled Egyptian swimmer who swam across with only one arm and one leg.
  • he piloted the first six-way relay crossing in 61 hours 27 minutes
  • he piloted Richard Blatny in a 23 hour 38 minute breaststroke crossing
  • he piloted France-to-England record setter Eric Johnson (8 hours 20 minutes)
  • he piloted Michael Read MBE on his 32nd crossing and Kevin Murphy on several of his crossings

Whyte was inducted in 2007 after 25 years of piloting 305 English Channel swimmers from 32 different countries doing 83 solo crossings between 1984 and 2008 and multiple disabled swimmers, paraplegic swimmers, and multi-amputees, on both solo and relay swims across the English Channel.

Whyte is shown above with David Yudovin.

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