Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation "Nothing great is easy", Captain Matthew Webb

21 Mar 20122011 CS&PF Swim Statistics

Facts and figures about the 2011 CS&PF swim season by Mike Oram.

The CS&PF had 132 channel swim attempts in 2011.

  • 95 were successful crossings giving an overall success rate of about 72%.
  • 71 solo crossings left the beaches; 46 were successful - a success rate of 64%
  • There were two 2-way solo swims, both successful
  • 60 relay crossings jumped into the water; 48 were successful - a success rate of 80%
  • There was a single successful 2-way relay

CS&PF escort boats were in the Channel on 44 days in 2011:

  • 15 days with 1 escort boat out
  • 7 days with 2 escort boats out
  • 8 days with 3 escort boats out
  • 4 days with 4 escort boats out
  • 5 days with 5 escort boats out
  • 5 days with 6 escort boats out

Day & swim starts number breakdown:

DateSolosRelaysUnsuccessfulTotal
20 June11
26 June1113
27 June11
29 June11
30 June11
01 July22
02 July33
03 July11
04 July11
10 July213
11 July1146
20 July336
21 July426
23 July112
24 July11
25 July1113
26 July516
27 July2215
28 July213
03 August11
05 August22
06 August33
12 August2316
15 August314
19 August33
20 August1214
21 August112
25 August11
27 August55
30 August2215
31 August11
02 September134
03 September11
09 September112
15 September3238*
22 September123
23 September325
24 September1124
25 September112
27 September11
29 September11
30 September11
02 October112
05 October11
Total444736127

Notes 

  • The table lists 127 swim starts whereas the overall number of attempts was 132. The difference is made up of 5 2-way swims (2 solos, 1 relay, 2 unsuccessful) that count as one swim start but as two crossing attempts.
  • 2 successful 2-way solo swims account for the difference between the number of solo swim starts (44) and solo crossings (46).
  • 1 successful 2-way relay is the difference between the number of relay starts (47) and relay crossings (48).
  • On 15th September there were 8 swim starts. Out of those 2 were escorted by boats who returned after an earlier abandoned swim; therefore the number of boats out in the Channel on that day was 6.

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