Steven Black is an Irish open water swimmer who has completed the Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims, otherwise known as Triple Break for his swims from Robben Island, Alcatraz Island and Spike Island. He is the Sandycove Island Swimming pioneer who has done two Oceans Seven channels, the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar.
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.
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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