New MSF Documented Swims - Three unprecedented routes in Lake Memphremagog by Charlotte Brynn

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited July 2017 in Swim Reports

We're pleased to announce a new MSF Documented Swim: Charlotte Brynn's 17.8-mile cross-border, round-trip swim in Lake Memphremagog, between Newport, Vermont and Skinner Island, Quebec.

It's an extraordinarily well-documented swim, with an entertaining first-person narrative by Charlotte, photos and observer log by @Fil White, GPS data, and a brief video of Charlotte's powerful open-water swimming stroke.

Check it out:

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  • What a fantastic swim and entertaining story. :) Congrats to Charlotte.


  • The whole package - Phil's notes, Charlotte's wonderful narrative, photos of gorgeous water and an internationally historical cave as destination -- makes marathon swimming seem like fun!

    Congratulations on a fine, speedy day in the water!

  • JaimieJaimie NYCCharter Member

    "Of all the smugglers who plied on the lake, Uriah Skinner was hardest to take!" Congrats Charlotte and Phil and team!

  • curlycurly Issaquah, WAMember

    What a wonderful narrative! Great swim. And there's that fantastic word again, just as I thought it went out of my head.... Memphremagog... This morning I was trying out a new phrase. "Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie." I was musing on the possibility that it is a drug reference. ;)

  • Cool! And great narrative!

  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member

    Love this! Didn't have time to do a Skinner Island swim this last trip, but did see the cabe from the boat. It's SO close to the shore :) if Skinner had a maple creemee, I'm so he'd have been able to make it to safety.

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    Love how the story--and kept wanting to read to find out not only what happened on the swim but also what happened to Uriah Skinner! Life lesson for him if only he'd learned it sooner: when your trade takes you across bodies of water, especially if it's an illegal trade, it's a really good idea to know how to swim! ;) (Wonder if Charlotte found any of his smuggled goods in the cave.) :)

    It makes me want to find out the history of places where I swim. I bet my beloved Schuylkill River flows with stories!

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited July 2017

    Delighted to publish the second and third of Charlotte Brynn's three unprecedented, border-crossing routes in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont/Quebec last year, documented and beautifully photographed by Phil White, and crewed by Cynthia Needham.

    Well done, Charlotte, Phil, and Cynthia!

    These make the 17th and 18th MSF Documented Swims of 2016.

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