Tag: escort pilot

Escort Pilots In The Open Water World

Escort Pilots In The Open Water World Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The heroes and heroines of the open water are most definitely the swimmers. But other indispensable individuals in the sport - like Charlie Gravett of Jersey in the Channel Island [shown on left] - include pilots, captains, mariners, navigators, oceanographers and

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Music To The Ears Of Channel Swimmers

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. When Captain Greg Elliot starts to play his bagpipes, it is truly music to the ears of the swimmers and crew who he escorts across the Catalina Channel. Captain Elliot is an escort pilot for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, escorting dozens of channel swimmers and relays between Santa Catalina

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Vito Bialla On Terra Firma

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. With his togs on, he is known as a cold-water swimmer and channel relay swimmer. With his shades on, he is known as an escort pilot. With a GPS in his hands, he is known as a navigator. As a fund-raiser extraordinaire, he is known as a Night Train Swimmer. But with a coat and tie on, Vito Bialla (shown

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