Americans in the Channel
Hi all- I'm having trouble putting my finger on a statistic I recently came across somewhere about the number of Americans who've ever swum the English Channel. I have in my head that it should be around 400 American solo swimmers total since 1875, but I'm looking for confirmation or a more accurate figure. I have found two reference points:
First, from the CSA. When I run a query on their swimmer database I get 2018 Americans. That's great, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't include swimmers who swam under the auspices of the CS&PF, which, in the 15 years they've been in operation is a probably a fair number of Americans. Another 50? 75? More? Does anyone know the number of American swimmers CS&PF has escorted over the years?
I also see this on the Dover.uk site:
there have been a total of 3,951 Channel swims, with 1,832 swimmers completing 2,369 solo swims.
32% of solo swims have been made by swimmers from the UK, 17% from the USA and 9% from Australia.
If I'm understanding that correctly, we'd be talking about 311 swimmers, right?
Can anyone provide me with a more solid number that includes ALL Americans from both organizations?
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