Swimming The Triple Crown Twice

Seventeen Seventy resident, Penny Palfrey, has just completed a rare feat in marathon swimming.

The Triple Crown of Marathon Swimming is achieved by successfully completing three of the world’s famous marathon swims… The English Channel (33.5 klms between England and France), the Catalina Channel (32.9 klms between Santa Catalina Island and Los Angeles), and the 45.8 klm circumnavigation around Manhattan Island in New York City.

Only 111 people have ever completed all three swims. Penny was the 41st person (and first Australian woman) to do so, when she first swum Catalina in 2010.

This week, completing an at times choppy crossing of the Catalina Channel in 9 hours and 20 minutes, Penny has become only the third person ever to complete the Triple Crown twice, behind a man from Mexico and a woman from California. She is also the oldest person to complete the ‘double triple’ and her combined times for the swims are substantially faster than the other two successful swimmers.

Penny’s swims in gaining entry to this elite club were…

English Channel – 2006 and 2007. She recorded the fastest times of all swimmers through the Channel Swimming Association in both years, and was presented with seven awards from the CSA for her efforts.

Manhattan Island Marathon Swim – Overall winner of this annual race, in 2007, and women’s winner in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Catalina Channel – 2010 and 2015.

Penny has lived in Seventeen Seventy for the last 2 ½ years. She has no local pool to train in, no coach, and no squad to swim with. And all of her thousands of training kilometres over this time have been in the Seventeen Seventy estuary, with the occasional swim out past the surf break on Agnes Water main beach.

After catching up on a bit of sleep (Penny’s catalina swim started at midnight and finished after 9.00am LA time), Penny headed to Disneyland with some friends.

From there, she flies to the north east coast of the USA to race in the annual Boston Light Swim (8 miles/13 klms). http://bostonlightswim.org/
Penny arrived home via Gladstone on the 18 August.