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

30 Aug 2020Nik Haynes's Super Fast Backstroke Swim

On 7 August 2020, Nicholas (Nik) Haynes took 12 hours 52 mins 41 secs  to complete a swim of the English Channel using just backstroke.

Every single stroke was judged to be proper ASA approved backstroke, which is a phenomenal achievement.

His time means he is the fastest backstroke swimmer to swim the English Channel.

Sandettie Lightship Observations

11pm, 18th September 2021


Water: 64.9 °F (18.3 °C)

Air: 66.4 °F (19.1 °C)

Wind Speed: 12.1 kn (22.4 km/h)

Wind Direction: E (100°)

Channel Weather 

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