UPDATE. Trent Grimsey has broken the world record for the fastest English Channel swimcrossing. He did the swim in 6 hours and 55 minutes.
Australian national team swimmer, Trent Grimsey of Brisbane, has an open window for his English Channel crossing on Saturday September 8th at 5AM GMT. Grimsey is well known in the open water world having recently won the 2012 FINA Grand Prix Open Water Series (all races in excess of 10K). Grimsey is one of Australia’s top distance swimmers and has several national titles, surf lifesaving titles and has multiple podium appearances at FINA World Championship and World Cup events. Trent has won the famed Tiburon Mile and Waikiki Roughwater swims. What makes him such a force is his tenancious training regimen combined with an open water intelligence that comes from years of swimming in the ocean off his native Brisbane.
The current English Channel Record is held by Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria who crossed the cannel in 2007 with a time of six hours and 57 minutes. Stoychev’s time is phenomenal and it will take and mind blowing swim to eclipse this record. The English Channel is notorious for it’s quickly changing conditions and it has broken many great swimmers. But if anyone at this time can do it’s Grimsey.
As Trent hits the cold waters off England this weekend, his brothers Codie and Ridge will be joining the top ranked field at the 2012 Tiburon Mile. We’ll have all the cool news from this weekend’s open water swimming.