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Quinton Nelson

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Quinton Nelson is an inductee in the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its inaugural class of 2018
Quinton Nelson at the helm in the North Channel is an Honour Contributor (Pilot) in the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland of the inaugural Class of 2018.
ILDSA observer Andrew Coyle, escort pilot Quinton Nelson, Milko van Gool, and Irish Long Distance Swimming Association President Billy Wallace after van Gool's record-setting North Channel crossing on 30 July 2013
Brian Ross, Quinton Nelson, Chris Kraus, Ross Morrow, Rick Gaenzle (left to right) after a successful North Channel crossing

Quinton Nelson is an escort pilot in the North Channel between Scotland and Ireland. His first mate onboard his Guy and Clare Hunter, during escort crossings is Ross Morrow.

Honours[edit]

Nelson is an Honour Contributor (Pilot) in the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland of the inaugural Class of 2018.

Successful North Channel Swimmers[edit]

Nelson has escorted the following channel swimmers across the North Channel:

  • On 23 August 1988, he escorted Margaret Kidd of Scotland from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 15 hours 26 minutes 3 seconds.
  • On 15 July 2013, he escorted Michelle Macy of the USA from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 9 hours 35 minutes.
  • On 7 July 2014, he escorted Sabrina Weidmer of Switzerland from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 10 hours 13 minutes.
  • On 2 September 2014, he escorted Kimberly Chambers of New Zealand from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 13 hours 6 minutes.
  • On 31 July 2016, he escorted Rachel Doyle of Ireland from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 13 hours 14 minutes 26 seconds.
  • On 24 August 2016, he escorted Pat Gallant Charette of the USA from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 14 hours 22 minutes.
  • On 16 August 2017, he escorted Abhejali Bernardova from the Czech Republic from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 10 hours 23 minutes 38 seconds.
  • On 7 September 1989, he escorted Kevin Murphy of England from Scotland to Northern Ireland in 17 hours 17 minutes 48 seconds.
  • On 16 June 2013, he escorted Fergal Somerville of Ireland, fastest male from Northern Ireland to Scotland, in 12 hours 21 minutes in under 11ºC water.
  • On 30 July 2013, he escorted Milko van Gool of the Netherlands from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 10 hours 34 minutes.
  • On 6 July 2014, he escorted Finbarr Hedderman of Ireland from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 24 minutes.
  • On 6 August 2014, he escorted Adam Walker of England from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 10 hours 45 minutes.
  • On 23 June 2015, he escorted Lucaz Kowaljek of Poland from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 11 hours 49 minutes
  • On 22 July 2015, he escorted Graeme Lowe of Jersey from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 27 minutes.
  • On 7 August 2015, he escorted Adrian Sarchet of Guernsey from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 14 hours 13 minutes.
  • On 9 September 2015, he escorted Thomas Pembroke of Australia from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 10 minutes.
  • On 14 July 2016, he escorted Cameron Bellamy of South Africa from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 22 minutes 30 seconds.
  • On 14 August 2016, he escorted Steve Walker of the USA from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 11 hours 19 minutes.
  • On 25 August 2016, he escorted Edward Williams of England from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 10 hours 58 minutes 42 seconds.
  • On 28 August 2016, he escorted Andre Wiersig of Germany from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 17 minutes 22 seconds.
  • On 3 August 2017, he escorted Antonio Arguelles of Mexico from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 13 hours 32 minutes 32 seconds.
  • In August 2012, he escorted The Machine Men of the USA, fastest relay team from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 10 hours 16 minutes.

North Channel Crossing Career Highlights[edit]

  • Nelson’s first escort pilot assignment across the North Channel was in August 1988 with Margaret Kidd, now Margaret Gibson, from Scotland. She set the record in 15 hours 26 minutes 3 seconds which still stands as the youngest swimmer and missed by just one day being the first woman to complete the North Channel.
  • In 1989, he piloted Kevin Murphy who completed the first crossing from Scotland to Northern Ireland in 17 hours 17 minutes 48 seconds.
  • He took a break from piloting until requested to resume in 2012 due to increased Oceans Seven popularity. He had experimented with a new route in the 1980s and now refined it using modern technology. It has helped to significantly increase the percentage of successful swims and his total number of successful swimmers is 23.
  • He guided four other swimmers set records:
    • Fergal Somerville of Ireland on 16 June 2013 set the earliest crossing in any season in 12 hours 21 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland.
    • Michelle Macy of the USA on 15 July 2013 set the fastest overall crossing in 9 hours 35 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland.
    • Milko van Gool of the Netherlands on 30 July 2013 set the fastest male crossing in 10 hours 34 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland (record since broken)
    • Pat Gallant-Charette of the USA on 24 August 2016 set the record as the oldest female to cross the North Channel (from Northern Ireland to Scotland) in 14 hours 22 minutes.
  • He piloted a 3-man relay across the North Channel, The Machine Men who included Rick Gaenzle, Brian Ross and Chris Kraus, on 7 August 2012 to a record-setting time of 10 hours 18 minutes from Ireland to Scotland in 13-16°C despite a high volume of jellyfish.

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men[edit]

He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2015 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

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