Jaime Lomelin Breaks the Record for Moloka'i Channel for a Mexican Swimmer

Jaime Lomelin Breaks the Record for Moloka’i Channel for a Mexican Swimmer

Jaime Lomelin of Monterrey, Mexico recently completed the Moloka’i Channel Crossing in 13 hrs 8 minutes, becoming the fastest Mexican, and the fastest over 50-year-old to complete the swim. He ranks eighth among the fastest swimmers in the Moloka’i Channel among 77 swimmers worldwide.

Jaime Lomelín Gavaldón is a member of the Half Century Club and the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. He was the first Mexican to complete the Triple Crown in under 10 hours.

Moloka’i Channel crossing

The Moloka’i Channel (also known as the Ka’iwi Channel, meaning the Channel of Bones or Canal de Molokai in Spanish) is a waterway between the islands of O’ahu and Moloka’i in the State of Hawaii. 

The nearly always rough channel is 41.8 kilometers (26 miles wide) with an abundance of marine life including sharksjellyfishwhales, turtles, and dolphins. Its maximum depth is 2300 feet (701 meters). Laau Point is the traditional starting point for swimmers who attempt to swim from Molokai Island to Oahu.

The Molokai Channel, part of the Eight Seas, has a lot to challenge the marathon swimmer and is part of the Oceans Seven

Swims in the channel are governed by the Hawaiian Channel Swim Association and relays are governed by the Kaiwi Channel Association.

Jaime Lomelin began the crossing on June 8th with the support of Captain Mike Twiggs, crew members, and kayakers, as well as his wife Marieluise von Rheinbaben and sister Norma Lomelin.

It was a very windy and choppy start. Eight hours into the swim, Jaime was bitten on one of his left fingers and stomach by “something”. At first, he thought a piranha bit him. Of course, there being no piranhas in the ocean, he brushed off the thought immediately and attributed it to a hallucination after the long hours of swimming. He never found out what got him in the water.

Though there were rough waters just before the finish at 13 hours, he accomplished his goals to swim across Moloka’i, break the Mexican record and swim under 14 hours.