Jennifer Hurley

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Jennifer Hurley is an open water swimmer who has done the Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims, otherwise known as Triple Break for her swims from Alcatraz Island, Rottnest Island and Spike Island. She also completed the first circumnavigation around Halls Head Island in Western Australia, an English Channel solo crossing, three solo Rottnest Channel Swims, the Irish Sandycove Island swim, a record double English Channel relay swim with a team of five and many other marathon swims. Her unprecedented 30 km swim around Halls Head Island was assisted by her husband Mick Hurley, observer Wayne Cable, Clive Choate, Barbara Pellick and pilot Des McLean.


Triple Break Sites

1. Robben Island is the former isolated prison home of Nelson Mandella and other South Africans 7.5 kilometers off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.

2. Alcatraz Island is the former isolated prison home of Al Capone and other celebrated American criminals 1.5 miles from Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay in California, U.S.A.

3. Spike Island (Irish: Inis Píc) is the former isolated prison home of infamous immates 2 kilometers off the coast in Cobh Harbour, Ireland.

Robben Island, Alcatraz Island and Spike Island, all once well-guarded isolated prison islands with infamous inmates in the 20th century are now 21st century sites better known for challenging cold-water swims with tricky currents as convicts have given way to open water traditionalists and wetsuit-clad swimmers.

Triple Break Swimmers

2006 Steven Black (Robben + Alcatraz + Spike)
2006 Joe Donnelly (Robben + Alcatraz + Spike)
2006 Mike Harris (Robben + Rottnest + Spike)
2009 John Conroy (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)
2009 Jennifer Hurley (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)
2010 Ram Barkai (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest)
2010 Kieron Palframan (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest) 2010 Ryan Stramrood (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest)
2011 Ned Denison (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike or the Quatro Break)
2011 Gary Emich (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)

Escape from Spike Island

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