Courtney Paulk is an Open Water Marathon Swimmer. She writes about her adventures in open water swimming, including her journey to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. The Triple Crown consists of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (28.5 miles around Manhattan), the Catalina Channel (21 miles between Catalina Island and the mainland of California) and the English Channel (21 miles from Dover, England to Cap Gris Nez, France). On September 10, 2013, Courtney became the 79th person and the 29th woman to complete the Triple Crown. Courtney completed the first leg of her journey, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, on June 18, 2011 (and again in June 2012). Courtney completed the second leg of her journey, the English Channel, on August 10, 2012. And on September 10, 2013 she completed the Catalina Channel swim.
On September 2, 2014, Courtney became the 7th person in history to swim across Cape Cod Bay from Plymouth to Provincetown. In doing so, Courtney broke the course record by nearly 40 minutes completing the 20 mile swim in 9 hours 43 minutes.