The annual Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim celebrated it’s 16th year on March 26th, 2017 with record style and beautiful tropical weather.

Starting at Oualie Beach in Nevis, swimmers enjoyed the clear blue waters of the “The Narrows” that continues through Cockleshell Bay and led to the finish area at the renowned Spice Mill in St Kitts where the post-race ceremony took place.

Winston Crooke, the swim’s race director, was proud to report that the event attracted a record number of swimmers, over 230 competitors in total from all around the world. This included 5 Olympians, a member of the swimming hall of fame, a current age group Ironman World Champion, and a number of Special Olympians.

This year saw a new record for the fastest recorded 4.1km channel swim set by former gold medal Olympian Ashley Whitney of the USA in a time of 55:28. Coming in 21 seconds behind Ashley with another stellar performance was Gregory White of Great Britain.

In another first this year the event hosted a new category, a 4-person relay. This enabled 4 teams with Special Olympians from St Kitts-Nevis, St Maarten, and the USA to compete, all excelling and finishing with impressive swims.

The top ten competitors who came in with breakneck times included:

  1. Ashley Whitney-USA
  2. Gregory White-Great Britain
  3. Keri-Anne Payne-UK
  4. Kevin Pollman-USA
  5. Rick Schumacher-USA
  6. Diego Lopez-USA
  7. Erik Spit-St. Maarten
  8. Tom Gean-USA
  9. Eney Jones-USA
  10. John Massiah-Barbados

Special mention goes to two amazing 15-year olds who competed with some of the best and came out with amazing results. Freya Knaggs of Guadeloupe placed 22nd overall with a time of 1:11.04 and Vernon Osborne of Antigua and Barbuda placed 34th overall with a time of 1:16.46.

The Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim has its sights set on another successful event in March 2018. To learn more about the race, their charitable focus to Save the Turtles, and register to compete (and enjoy the warm 29 degree, sunny weather) check out the swim’s race details here.

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