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Fort Boyard

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Fort Boyard is part of the Prison Island Swims (or the Triple Break or Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims that were nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
Jacques Tuset of France, the world's leading Prison Island Swims escapee

Fort Boyard was an oval-shaped (68 meters long and 31 meters wide and 20 meter high) fort and temporary military prison located between the Île-d'Aix and the Île d'Oléron in the Pertuis d'Antioche on the west coast of France. It is a prison island swim.


Building started in 1801 and was completed in 1857. At the center is a yard and the ground floor provided stores and quarters for the men and officers. The floor above contained casemates for the emplacements of guns and further quarters. . The project was suspended in 1809 with construction resumed in 1837, under Louis-Philippe, following renewed tensions with the United Kingdom. The fortifications were completed in 1857, with sufficient room for a garrison of 250 men. However, by the time of its completion, the range of cannons had significantly increased, making the fort unnecessary for national defense.

After 1871, Fort Boyard was briefly used as a military prison, before being abandoned at the beginning of the 20th century. As time went by, the fort slowly crumbled and deteriorated into the sea as it was left unmaintained. In 1950 it was made a listed building, and in 1961 was sold to Charente Maritime Regional Council. It has been the filming location of both the French and international versions of the TV gameshow of the same name since 1990.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

Jacques Tuset completed a prison island swim by swimming from Fort Boyard to France.

10 Escapes Video[edit]

Courtesy of Jacques Tuset and Team Aquadeus

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