Former Olympic kayaker Ian Wynne has set a new record for paddling across the English Channel according to the the Paddling Instructor Blog. Wynne shaved 22 minutes off the old record to record a 2 hour, 59 minute, 6 second time.
The old record, held by Ian Tordoff was set back in 2005, when he broke the old mark of 3 hours 33 minutes and 47 seconds set by Andrew Samuel back in 1976. At it’s narrowest point, the Channel is roughly 20 miles across, but can be marked by high winds and choppy waters. On top of that, it can also be a very busy shipping lane. It has long been a standard for distance swimming with the first reported crossing taking place back in 1875.
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