Reverse Manhattan

On Sunday, Rondi Davies and I will be swimming clockwise around Manhattan – or a Reverse Manhattan. Only two people have completed a Reverse Manhattan swim. My friend Kris Rutford was the first to complete a Reverse Manhattan in 1995. And, my friend Liz Fry was the second in 2009. Kris crewed for my 2x Catalina swim and Liz will be crewing for this swim. So, I’m hoping I have some good mojo from them and thank them for their advice.

Because of the tide/current, this swim is a little more tricky than a typical counterclockwise lap around Manhattan. We will start at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal around 6:30 a.m.. We will head north up the Hudson River and this leg should go relatively smoothly. We will then turn right into the Harlem River. We should be with the current for the first part of the Harlem River. But, around High Bridge, I will start swimming against the tide/current. Rondi is super speedy and she should make it deeper into the Harlem before the tide shifts. Because it is a big tide (which will help in the Hudson River and when we get to the East River) there will be very, very slow progress made in the Harlem. Hopefully, the tracker won’t show the slow-down occurring until after High Bridge – which will mean less time swimming against the current.

Once we reach Mill Rock, the current will be with us heading down the East River. However, for me, making it to the Battery in the East River before the tide shifts will depend on when I hit the current in the Harlem, how long it takes to break through to the East River, how speedy I am going up the Hudson, etc.. Hopefully, I will beat the final tide shift and make it back to the Staten Island Ferry before the tide turns – because you just can’t swim against the current in the East River.

I’m heading into the swim with the spirit of adventure. I’m hopeful that I will have recovered enough from my English Channel swim 20 days prior. Not necessarily ideal recovery time – but, I’m going to make the most of it. Thankfully, I will have two of my favorite kayakers – Pat Kerrigan and Terry Lopatosky. Perhaps the saddest part of this swim is that Matt Paulk will not be with me as he had a conflict. I expect he just might break the tracker from refreshing it so much. Liz Fry has big shoes to fill stepping in for Matt!

I will have my personal tracker. and New York Open Water will have a tracker showing both me and Rondi at

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English Channel 2x – August 12th

Monday morning, August 12th at 7:30 a.m. BST/2:30 a.m. EDT I will, once again, head off to swim across the English Channel. Like last year, the plan is to swim from England to France and back again. Fingers crossed for better weather this year! The links to the trackers are below. Many thanks to my amazing crew Matt Paulk, Amy Frick, Heather Fairbanks and Kate Robarts.

You can also follow along by following my boat Anastasia at this link

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English Channel 2x (take 2)

Good morning from England! We arrived a few days ago and are currently on the Dovercoaster waiting for good weather/wind. We met with our boat pilot Eddie last night and it is looking like we will be no go until at least Monday. They are calling for 50 mph winds over the weekend – definitely don’t want to swim in that!

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English Channel 2x

English Channel 2x swim is on for tomorrow at 5:00 a.m. GMT (midnight Tuesday EDT)! If anything changes, I will post. Keep sending positive messages to Mother Nature for calm seas and winds.

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Tuesday at 2:00 am

Swim on hold for now due to weather. Will update when I know something.

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Tuesday at 4:00 a.m.

I’m all set to start my 2x English Channel swim on Tuesday morning at 4:00 a.m. (or 11:00 p.m. Monday on the US East Coast) from Samphire Hoe. If anything changes, I will post an update. Here is the tracker link.

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English Channel Swim

Beautiful night on the English Channel. Despite the calm night, the weather is a bit unsettled over southeastern England. Looking like the earliest I will swim will be early-mid next week. Send good messages to Mother Nature please!

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