Record St. Lucia to Martinique Swim Attempts

St Lucia Channel Swims Past Attempts. Credit St Lucia Tourism Authority
St Lucia Channel Swims Past Attempts. Credit St Lucia Tourism Authority

Talk about social distancing! This month, USA natives, Edward ‘Ted’ Lomicka and Chris Allshouse will each, yet at separate times, attempt to swim from Saint Lucia to Martinique as part of the annual Saint Lucia Channel Swim. Lomicka, who has 29 Ironman triathlons under his belt, trained for this crossing by swimming around the island of Key West, FL. Allshouse is a lifelong competitive swimmer and Ironman triathlete as well. The channel swim is 21 miles, and comparable to crossing the English Channel in terms of the distance between two iconic landmasses, yet has warm waters, less boat traffic, and cleaner seas.  

“With travel restrictions around the world due to COVID-19, it has been difficult for many swimmers to continue with their dreams of channel and long-distance swims during 2020,” says Sue Dyson, main organizer of the St. Lucia Channel Swim. “We are glad to have an opportunity for these endurance swimmers to continue with their dreams. As in the past years, each solo swim is organized through collective efforts with the Ministry of Youth Development & Sports, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, the Marine Police Unit, Emergency Services, SLASPA, and the Ministry of Tourism.  These swims will be no different.” https://www.facebook.com/SLUChannelSwim/  

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.