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

2am, 16th September 2020


Water: 64.9 °F (18.3 °C)

Air: 65.3 °F (18.5 °C)

Wind Speed: 9.9 kn (18.3 km/h)

Wind Direction: NNW (330°)

Channel Weather 

All the best to Sandra Rodhe who started at 01:55 from Abbots Cliff escorted by Simon Ellis on High Hopes. Find out… https://t.co/Yj4YoCl4ma

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