Jeff Miller - St. John circumnavigation

malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member
edited November 2016 in Cheering Section

From the St. John Tradewinds:

Although a number of folks have claimed to swim around St. John continuously over the course of several days (or incrementally over several years), no one has managed to swim around the island nonstop.

Now Jeff Miller, a 55-year-old fisheries biologist with the National Parks Service, plans to be the first. If the weather cooperates, he’ll be setting out before the end of September to complete this swim of between 23 and 25 miles.

And it goes on.

Folks, get your Caribbean Island while there's still one available!!!

I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

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  • JaimieJaimie NYCCharter Member

    Looks like a beautiful swim!

  • He did it! Terrific swim. Congratulations to Jeff Miller!
    Go to the Virgin Islands National Park facebook page for pictures and progress reports.

  • flystormsflystorms Memphis, TNMember

    So envious! What a fantastic swim.

  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member

    Been thinking about this swim for a few years, so glad Jeff did it!

    AnthonyMcCarley[Deleted User]

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited September 2016

    The live phone-based tracking didn't work out for Jeff's swim, but fortunately one of his kayakers had a Garmin on board... which means we have great 1-minute resolution GPS data for this pioneering swim!



    Direct link to Jeff's data in the MSF Tracks database:

    Also, here's a neat article in the St John Source newspaper about the swim:

    For the swim to go down in official record books, Miller followed the regulations set by the Marathon Swimmers Federation. That means that he could only wear swim trunks, goggles, and a swim cap – no mask, snorkel and fins, and no thermal or sun protection such as a wetsuit.

    He was not allowed to touch anyone or anything for the duration of the swim, so the team tied a rope to a bucket and floated drinks, snacks and sunscreen over to him. Miller paused to drink an energy drink every hour and ate only some nutritional gel and a few grapes.

    Way to go, Jeff!

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Jeff's swim documentation - the first known circumnavigation swim of St. John - is now available here:

  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    Had the pleasure of meeting and swimming with Jeff in St. Croix last weekend, side by side for at least part of the 5-mile Coral Reef Swim. Totally inspired by his swim and can't wait to swim with him again.

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