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Nejib Belhedi pulling a 1014-ton boat during his 425m 35-minute boat pull event in Sfax Port in Tunisia on 22 May 2017
Nejib Belhedi's progression in his Iron Swim challenges over the years
Boat pull by Nejib Belhedi on his 23 October 2016 World Iron Swim in Tunisia
Nejib Belhedi pulling a trailing boat during his 200m 11-minute boat pulling event in Port El Kantaoui in Tunisia on 17 November 2015 on the World Iron Swim Series, supported by Governor Fethi Bdira, the Governor of Sousse and Habib Ammar, the President Directeur General of La Société d'Etude et de Développement Sousse - Nord
Jack LaLanne swimming in Long Beach, California in a boat pulling event
Jack LaLanne swimming in San Francisco Bay in a well-publicized boat pulling event
Jim Dreyer known as the Human Tugboat and famed American boat pulling swimmer

noun - Boat pulling swimming or a boat pull is a niche discipline of the sport of open water swimming where a solo swimmer pulls a marine vessel (the trailing boat) that can range from a small rowboat to a larger marine vessel in an open body of water under their own power and without the aid of equipment.

Origin[edit]

First used by Steven Munatones to describe the Iron Swim exploits of Nejib Belhedi in Tunisia in 2015.

Usage[edit]

Nejib Belhedi pulled dozens of passengers in a trailing boat for 200 meters during his boat pulling exhibitions.

Synonym[edit]

boat pull, boat tow, boat towing

History[edit]

  • In 1957 at the age of 43, Jack LaLanne swam across the Golden Gate channel while towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser.
  • In 1969, Walter Poenisch was awarded the title of World’s Strongest Endurance Swimmer by the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation after towing two rowboats containing several people for 3.5 miles in Columbus, Ohio.
  • In 1970, Walter Poenisch towed a 28-ton, 47-foot yacht for 20 feet against the current of the Miami River
  • In 1971, Jack LaLanne pulled a 15-ton steamboat 1.5 miles in Gull Lake, Michigan.
  • In 1974 at the age of 60, Jack LaLanne swam handcuffed and shackled towing a 1,000-pound boat from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf.
  • In 1975 at the age of 61, Jack LaLanne swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge underwater for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
  • In 1976 at the age of 62, Jack LaLanne swam one mile in Long Beach Harbor shackled and handcuffed while towing 13 boats with 76 people sitting onboard.
  • In 1979 at the age of 65, Jack LaLanne towed 65 boats weighed down with 6,500 pounds in Lake Ashinoko near Tokyo, Japan while handcuffed and shackled.
  • In 1980 at the age of 66, Jack LaLanne towed 10 boats with 77 people one mile in North Miami, Florida.
  • In 1984 at the age of 70, Jack LaLanne towed handcuffed and shackled, 70 boats 1.5 miles with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary.
  • In 1994 at the age of 80, Jack LaLanne swam 1.5 miles handcuffed and shackled while towing 80 boats with 80 people from the Queensway Bay Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary.
  • In 2003, Jim Dreyer swam a 422-mile stage swim in Lake Michigan in a wetsuit pulling the weight of his supplies in a kayak.
  • In 2005, Jim Dreyer swam 58.9 miles over 59 hours 50 minutes in a wetsuit between Whitefish Point in Michigan to Cape Gargantua in Ontario, Canada while pulling a dinghy.
  • In 2013, Jim Dreyer swam 22 miles over 51 hours with a wetsuit from Harsens Island pulling a ton of bricks on two dinghies to the beach at Detroit’s Island park.
  • On 24 May 2015, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull of two children, pilot Mahdi Aghir and observer Mahdi Aghir over a distance of 15.26 km across the Golfe de Skanes in the Monastir Sea in 6 hours 40 minutes from the One Resort Hotel beach to Dkhlia beach, Tunisia.
  • On 7 July 2015, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull of a mini Catamaran carrying a sandbag weighing 100 kg over a distance of 21 km in his Gulf of Gabes Iron Swim.
  • On 4 October 2015, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull carrying a camel and his master, total weight 1.5 tons over a distance of 4 km in the Mahdia Sea in his Camel Swim.
  • On 21 October 2015, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull on board Olive tree planted in large baque with 3 passengers with a total weight 2.0 tons over a distance of 4 km in the Mahdia Sea in his Olive Tree Swim.
  • On 7 November 2015, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull of a ship named Hannibal weighing 21 tons over a distance 168 meters in the Port of Tabarka with observer Hatem Askri.
  • On 19 November 2015, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull of a ship named Mahdi weighing 23 tons over a distance 200 meters carrying passengers for 11 minutes in Port El Kantaoui with observer Nabil Ouerzli.
  • On 23 December 2015, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull of a ship named Mohamed Ali totaling 70 tons across 350 meters in 14 minutes 39 seconds in Port El Kantaoui in his Ultimate World Iron Swim Challenge.
  • On 26 March 2016, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull of a ship named Albatros weighing 23 tons with with observer Hatem Askri and a football team on board over a distance of 500 meters in 23 minutes in Tabarka Port.
  • On 27 May 2016, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull of a convoy of 2 boats totaling 70 tons across 550 meters in 20 minutes in the Bizerta Channel.
  • On 23 October 2016, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull of 3 ships totaling 100 tons (including the 40-ton Mohamed Habib with pilot Rachid Jbalia, the 25-ton Noura with pilot Atef Neffati, and the 35-ton Bibane with pilot Nabil Jannadi) across 550 meters in 32 minutes 30 minutes across the Bizerta Channel in Tunisia in the World Iron Swim in Bizerta Channel.
  • On 22 May 2017, Nejib Belhedi completed a solo boat pull of the Hamed at 1014 tons a distance of 425 meters in 25 minutes in Sfax Port in Tunisia

Videos[edit]

Nejib Belhedi Boat Pulling[edit]


Nejib Belhedi completed his boat pulling solo swim of the 1014-ton ship a distance of 425 meters in 25 minutes on 22 May 2017 in Tunisia's Sfax Port, called the Iron Swim1000.

Walter Poenisch Boat Pulling[edit]



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