Victoria Lea - Bristol Channel

Porthcawl to Glenthorne

21.6 km (13.4 miles)

8 hours, 32 minutes on 19 July 2021

Observed and documented by Geoff Gardner



  • Name: Victoria Lea
  • Gender: female
  • Age on swim date: 46
  • Nationality: British
  • Resides: Southport, England

Support Personnel

  • Lynne Hilton - crew
  • Ceri Davies - pilot


Geoff Gardner

Escort Vessel

Name Type Port
Cobra 9m Rib Swansea

Swim Parameters

  • Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
  • Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
  • Equipment used: Textile swimsuit (Funkita Diamondback), silicone swim hat, goggles (Aquasphere Kaiman Exo).

Route Definition

  • Body of Water: Bristol Channel
  • Route Type: one-way channel swim
  • Start Location: Glenthorne, Devon, England (51.237124, -3.748071)
  • Finish Location: south of Witches Point (Trwyn-Y-Witch), Wales (51.439324, -3.598176)
  • Minimum Route Distance: 21.6 km (13.4 miles) (map)

Since the swimmer did not reach the traditional finish of this route (Porthcawl, as established by Kevin Murphy), per channel swimming tradition, the route distance is measured as the closest point of land from the start location (near Nash Point, Wales).


LongSwimsDB: Bristol Channel.

Swim Data

  • Start: 19 July 2021, 09:05 (British Summer Time, Europe/London, UTC1).
  • Finish: 19 July 2021, 17:37
  • Elapsed: 8 hours, 32 minutes.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (C) 16.5 19.7
Air Temp (C) 24 30
Wind (knots) 0 8.5

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 15 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

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Speed Plot

Nutrition: See log.

Observer Log

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The swimmer did not submit a narrative or answer the standard questions.


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