When Rowing Oars Preceded GPS

When Rowing Oars Preceded GPS

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

We love these photos provided by Daniel Vizeu Costa Couto from Abilio Couto who crossed the English Channel in 1958 and 1959.

It was a different era when escorts included rowing boats in addition to escort boats.

Ned Barnie (1896-1983) was nicknamed the Old Man of the Sea. The Scottish was the King of the Channel® between 1951 and 1960 and competed in the Daily Mail races across the English Channel [see above] that attracted the best marathon swimmers of the day.

In the first Daily Mail race across the English Channel in 1950, Barnie finished fifth in 14 hours 50 minutes. In the 1951 Daily Mail race, Barnie finished 16th in 15 hours 1 minute.

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