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New record for the latest English Channel swim of the season

Image: Dave Chisolm

After 37 years, the record for the latest English Channel swim of the season has been broken by Howard james. His swim started at around midnight on 3 November with an air temperature of just 4 degrees Celsius and a water temperature of around 14 degrees. Howard completed the swim in 11 hours and 38 minutes. His pilot was Andy King, on the boat Louise jane.

The previous record was held by Michael Reed, President of the Channel Swimming Association, who swam on 28 October 1979.

This has been a record breaking year for Howard, who on 16 May 2016 set a new record for the earliest ever Channel swim. Howard completed that swim in 13 hours and 13 minutes in water temperatures of around 12 degrees celsius, beating the previous record set by Kevin Murphy on 29 May 1990.

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