Tag: Henry Sullivan

Wandering Samurai In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. A rōnin was a samurai with no lord or master during the feudal period (1185–1868) of Japan. A samurai became masterless for various reasons including due to the death or fall of his master. In modern Japanese usage, rōnin - or a wandering samurai - also describes an individual who is between jobs or a high

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The Legacy Of Russell Chaffee

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The Morning Times of Sayre, Pennsylvania reported the passing of open water swimming pioneer Russell Chaffee. The 87-year-old had quite a career and mindset that foreshadowed the contemporary growth of marathon swimming in the United States. A lifelong math teacher, Russell swam all over the eastern U.S.

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Mo Siegel Does America Before Japan

Elaine Howley of the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association provided this detailed perspective of Mo Siegel's swim across America's Channel. At 6:36 am on August 17th, 61-year-old Mo Siegel of Piermont, New York, splashed into the water off White Horse Beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Long rays of early morning sunshine glinted off the dune houses

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America’s Channel Got Talent

The American Channel, formerly known as Massachusetts Bay, has been sitting dormant for nearly a century when it comes to marathon swimming. But Greg O’Connor (shown on left) of the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association changed all that. With his vision and drive, he is reviving a swim that has attracted attention since 1915. Earlier today under

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Going, Going Gone…Breaststroke

The Alexander Channel Cup, a three-foot George V sterling silver trophy, was presented to Henry Sullivan for being the first American and third person overall to swim the English Channel His breaststroke crossing in 26 hours 50 minutes was celebrated in film that the London Daily Sketch described as "...the most interesting film we have ever seen, showing

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Real Old School Open Water Swimming

The all-breaststroke Catalina Channel swim that Jason Lassen did yesterday was a real throw-back swim, all the way back to 1927 when Henry Sullivan first swam the Catalina Channel in breaststroke in 22 hours and 45 minutes.Jason's 15:59 crossing was done under similar conditions as Henry faced in 1927. "I wanted to break his record fair and square so I swam

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