Based on the 2011 season’s statistics from the English Channel Swimming & Piloting Association, it looks like this …
There were a total of 68 solo swims.
42 were successful.
26 were unsuccessful.
61% success rate.
8 were from the United States.
2 from the United States were men.
(Of the 42 successful swimmers, our boat pilot, Lance Oram, had 14 of them.)
An outside observer’s opinion: I had no idea what these numbers would look like. I knew that there were more relay swimmers and more individual and relay kayakers. I knew there weren’t many solo swimmers. I knew from the reactions that we received in England from shop owners and guys in bars. (In our best English accent now … “F…, you made it?”
Interesting that from the United States there were 6 women and 2 men. I’d like to know who they are.
Believe it or not, this all takes time. These swimmer’s shoulders are still a little sore. And this system is so new that it is very imperfect. It’ll just take more time.