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Half Century Club

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Anthony McCarley is a member of the Catalina Channel Half Century Club with his crossing at the age of 54
Dieter Loeliger, prolific member of the Half Century Club preparing for the Rottnest Channel Swim
Donald Riddington, a newbie to open water swimming, crossing the English Channel at the age of 68 to join the Half Century Club
52-year-old Professor Michael Johmann at the White Horse pub in Dover, England after his 13 hour 50 minute crossing of the English Channel to join the Half Century Club

noun - Half Century Club is a club that is exclusively limited to individuals who successfully completed a marathon or channel swim who are at least 50 years old. There are Half Century Clubs in the English Channel, Catalina Channel (Catalina Channel Half Century Club), Santa Barbara Channel (Santa Barbara Channel Half Century Club), Molokai Channel (Molokai Channel Half Century Club), Rottnest Channel Swim, Strait of Gibraltar (Strait of Gibraltar Half Century Club), Cook Strait (Cook Strait Half Century Club), Lake Ontario (Lake Ontario Half Century Club), Lake Zurich and many other open bodies of water around the world.

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She finally made the Half Century Club on her second try in the English Channel.

Half Century Club for the English Channel

The Half Century Club prove that some things do get better with age. As of 2019, 33 individuals over the age of 60 have successfully completed the English Channel crossing of which 3 have done it twice and 5 of them are above 70 years old!
(athletes listed below by age):

1. Otto Thaning (South Africa) 73 years, E/F, 12 hours 52 minutes in 2014
2. Linda Ashmore (England) 71 years, E/F, 16 hours 22 minutes in 2018
3. Cyril Baldock (Australia) 70 years 9 months, E/F, 12 hours 45 minutes in 2014
4. Roger Allsopp (England) 70 years 4 months, E/F in 17 hours 51 minutes in 2011
5. George Brunstad (USA) 70 years and 3 days, E/F in 15 hours 59 minutes in 2004
6. Chris Shapland (Australia) 69 years, E/F 16 hours 28 minutes in 2016
7. Donald Riddington (Australia) 68 years, E/F in 19 hours 45 minutes in 2013
8. Clifford Batt (Australia) 67 years, France-to-English in 18 hours 37 minutes in 1987
9. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) 66 years, E/F 17 hours 55 minutes in 2017
10. Ashby Harper (USA) 65 years, E/F in 13 hours 52 minutes in 1982
11. Joe Smith (England) 65 years, E/F in 14 hours 9 minutes in 1999
12. Roger Allsopp (England) 65 years, E/F in 15 hours 30 minutes in 2006
13. Sue Oldham (Australia) 65 years, E/F in 17 hours 11 minutes in 2010
14. Mo Siegel (USA) 65 years, E/F 16 hours 42 minutes in 2016
15. Sue Oldham (Australia) 64 years, E/F in 17 hours 11 minutes in 2010
16. Parviz Habibi (Iran) 64 years, E/F 19 hours 11 mintues in 2016
17. Dirk Gevert (UK) 64 years, E/F 15 hours 44 minutes in 2019
18. Peter Tucker (Australia) 64 years 15 hours 38 minutes in 2019
19. Michael Read (England) 63 years, E/F in 15 hours 29 minutes in 2004
20. Veljko Rogosic (Croatia) 63 years, E/F in 11 hours 27 minutes in 2004
21. James Clifford (USA) 63 years, E/F 10 hours and 3 minutes in 2015
22. Andrew Wolf (England) 63 years, E/F 12 hours 42 minutes in 2018
23. Isao Makabe (Japan) 62 years, E/F 15 hours 50 minutes, in 2006
24. Paula Yankauskas (USA) 62 years, E/F 16 hours and 4 minutes, in 2016
25. Robert West (USA) 61 years, E/F in 15 hours 35 minutes in 1996
26. Sue Oldham (Australia) 60 years, E/F in 16 hours 3 minutes in 2006
27. Jean-Paul Madelenat (France) 60 years, E/F in 14 hours 46 minutes in 2002
28. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) 60 years, E/F in 15 hours 57 minutes in 2011
29. Linda Ashmore (England) 60 years, E/F in 15 hours 11 minutes in 2007
30. James Penrose (USA) 60 years, E/F in 13 hours 32 minutes in 2012
31. Michael Miller (USA) 60 years E/F in 15 hours 15 minutes in 2014
32. Bret Davis (Australia) 60 years E/F in 16 hours 49 minutes in 2015
33. Hamilton Jorge de Azevedo (Brazil) 60 years, E/F in 15 hours 33 minutes, in 2015
34. Wayne Strach (Canada) 60 years, E/F in 17 hours 15 minutes, in 2015
35. Duncan Cleary (New Zealand) 60 years, E/F in 13 hours 6 minutes, in 2018
36. Richard Sierer (Australia) 60 years, E/F/E in 29 hours 46 minutes in 2019 two way. 11 hours 55 minutes on first leg; 17 hours 48 minutes on second leg
37. Vijaya Claxton (USA) 59 years, E/F in 22 hours 27 minutes in 2007
38. Maura Twomey (Ireland} 59 years, E/F in 16 hours 23 minutes in 2015
39. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) 59 years, /E/F/E in 36 hours 26 minutes in 2016 two-way in 15 hours 3 minutes on first leg; 21 hours 23 minutes on second leg
40. Yossi Ettinger (Israel) 59 years, E/F in 13 hours 38 minutes in 2018
41. James "Doc" Counsilman (USA) 58 years, E/F in 13 hours 7 minutes in 1979
42. Chris Gibbs (Barbados) 58 years, E/F in 11 hours 30 minutes in 2003
43. Mo Siegel (USA) 58 years, E/F in 14 hours 18 minutes in 2010
44. Barbara Held (USA) 58 years, E/F in 12 hours 10 minutes in 2012
45. Carol Sing (USA) 57 years, E/F in 12 hours 32 minutes in 1999
46. Kevin Murphy (England) 57 years, E/F in 15 hours 14 minutes in 2006
47. Alan Macleay (England) 57 years, E/F in 22 hours 14 minutes in 2006
48. Richard Haan (Czech Republic) 57 years, E/F in 14 hours 7 minutes in 2005
49. Ros Hardiman (England) 57 years, E/F in 20 hours 17 minutes in 2009
50. Peter Huecker (Germany) 57 years, E/F in 23 hours 5 minutes in 2014
51. Michael Hosie (Scotland) 57 years, E/F in 16 hours 25 minutes in 2015
52. Mark H. Smitherman (USA) 57 years, E/F in 12 hours 32 minutes in 2015
53. Richard Seirer (Australia) 57 years, E/F in 11 hours 58 minutes in 2016
54. Sally Catt (Australia) 57 years, E/F in 14 hours 9 minutes in 2018
55. Vicki Carter (UK) 57 years, E/F in 14 hours 40 minutes in 2019
56. Jevon O'Neill (UK) 57 years, E/F in 13 hours 10 minutes in 2019
57. Peter Urrea (USA) 56 years, E/F in 14 hours 38 minutes in 1996
58. Kevin Murphy (England) 56 years, E/F in 13 hours 35 minutes in 2005
59. Peter Jurzynski (USA) 56 years, E/F in 16 hours 21 minutes in 2007
60. Jackie Cobell (England) 56 years, E/F in 28 hours 44 minutes in 2010
61. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) 56 years, E/F in 17 hours 48 minutes in 2013
62. Daniel Robinson (USA) 56 years, E/F in 11 hours 59 minutes in 2014
63. Elizabeth Fry (USA) 56 years, E/F in 12 hours 15 minutes in 2015
64. Susanne Baab-Simpson (USA) 56 years, E/F in 11 hours 47 minutes in 2016
65. Mark Stone, (Australia) 56 years, E/F in 11 hours 59 minutes, in 2016
66. Robin Rose, (USA) 56 years, E/F in 16 hours 15 minutes, in 2016
67. Andre Jason, (UK) 56 years, E/F in 14 hours 48 minutes, in 2016
68. Phillip Chappell (Australia) 56 years, E/F in 11 hours 33 minutes in 2017
69. Yaron Davidi (Israel) 56 years, E/F in 15 hours 52 minutes in 2018
70. Barry Murphy (Ireland) 56 years, E/F in 11 hours 52 minutes in 2019
71. David Dyer (Australia) 56 years, E/F in 11 hours 44 minutes in 2019
72. Jim Shalloo (Ireland) 56 years, E/F in 10 hours 43 minutes in 2019
73. Duke Dahlin (USA) 55 years, E/F in 14 hours 37 minutes in 2003
74. Richard Payne (Australia) 55 years, E/F in 22 hours 45 minutes in 2010
75. Marcy MacDonald (USA) 55 years, E/F in 12 hours 34 minutes in 2019
76. Christopher Blakeslee (USA) 54 years, E/F in 14 hours 44 minutes in 2004
77. Michael Miller (USA) 54 years, E/F in 16 hours 10 minutes in 2008
78. Roger Finch (South Africa) 54 years, E/F in 12 hours 39 minutes in 2011
79. Marilyn Korzekwa (Canada) 54 years, E/F in 16 hours 28 minutes in 2011
80. George Hunihan (USA) 54 years, E/F in 16 hours 30 minutes in 2008
81. Anthony McCarley (USA) 54 years, E/F in 13 hours 29 minutes in 2013
82. Arnie Bellini (USA) 54 years, E/F in 16 hours 6 minutes in 2013
83. Jeff Everett (USA) 54 years, E/F in 17 hours 43 minutes in 2015
84. Morag Hughes (Scotland) 54 years, E/F in 18 hours 31 minutes in 2004
85. Julian Critchlow (UK) 54 years, E/F in 16 hours 10 minutes in 2019
86. Otto Thaning (South Africa) 53 years, E/F in 10 hours 29 minutes in 1994
87. Klaus Stutzer (Germany) 53 years, E/F in 14 hours 9 minutes in 1997
88. Morris Finkelstein (USA) 53 years, E/F in 15 hours 21 minutes in 2003
89. Bill Hoehn (USA) 53 years, E/F in 15 hours 53 minutes in 2004
90. Hugh Tucker (South Africa) 53 years, E/F in 13 hours 37 minutes in 2004
91. Tom Hecker (USA) 53 years, E/F in 15 hours 21 minutes in 2005
92. Steven Smith (England) 53 years, E/F in 14 hours 28 minutes in 2005
93. Vasanti Niemz (Germany) 53 years, E/F in 16 hours 50 minutes in 2010
94. Dan Richards (USA) 53 years, E/F in 12 hours 32 minutes in 2010
95. Doug McConnell (USA) 53 years, E/F in 14 hours 18 minutes in 2010
96. Kathy Batts (UK) 53 years, E/F in 22 hours 30 minutes in 2013
97. Gregg Bolsinger (USA) 53 years, E/F in 11 hours 22 minutes in 2014
98. Peter Jurzynski (USA) 53 years, E/F in 17 hours 18 minutes in 2004
99. John Tierney (UK) 53 years, E/F in 14 hours 37 minutes in 2017
100. Guy Cohen (Israel) 53 years, E/F in 15 hours 44 minutes in 2018
101. Steve Chivers (UK) 53 years, E/F in 18 hours 51 minutes in 2019
102. Michael Fabray (UK) 53 years, E/F in 11 hours 44 minues in 2019
103. Kevin Blick (UK) 52 years, E/F in 14 hours 6 minutes in 2012
104. Kevin Blick (UK) 52 years, E/F in 15 hours 54 minutes in 2012
105. Henry Eckstein (USA) 52 years, E/F in 14 hours 24 minutes in 2000
106. Peter Jurzynski (USA) 52 years, E/F in 14 hours 57 minutes in 2003
107. Dennis Dressel (USA) 52 years, E/F in 12 hours 8 minutes in 2003
108. Jorge Rikarday (Mexico) 52 years, E/F in 20 hours 24 minutes in 2003
109. Tim Cheesman (England) 52 years, E/F in 15 hours 7 minutes in 2007
110. Elizabeth Fry (USA) 52 years, E/F/E in 24 hours 39 minutes (two-way in 13 hours 20 minutes on first leg + 11 hours 19 minutes on second leg) in 2011
111. Tim Cheesman (England) 52 years, E/F in 15 hours 7 minutes in 2007
112. Gilles Chalandon (USA) 52 years, E/F in 14 hours 31 minutes in 2010
113. Mark Stone (USA) 52 years, E/F in 13 hours 7 minutes in 2009
114. Michael Johmann (USA) 52 years, E/F in 13 hours 50 minutes in 2014
115. Kate Robarts (UK) 52 years, E/F in 13 hours 20 minutes in 2014
116. Marcelle Stiemens (South Africa) 52 years, E/F in 11 hours 29 minutes in 2019
117. Adrian Brown (UK) 52 years, E/F in 15 hours 37 minutes in 2019
118. Paul Hayes (UK) 52 years, E/F in 14 hours, in 2019
119. Craig Swart (South Africa) 52 years, E/F in 15 hours 21 minutes in 2019
120. Natalia Chuich (Russia) 52 years, E/F in 13 hours 55 minutes in 2019
121. Kevin Murphy (England) 51 years, E/F in 14 hours 29 minutes in 2000
122. Peter Jurzynski (USA) 51 years, E/F in 17 hours 8 minutes in 2002
123. Anne Cleveland (USA) 51 years, E/F in 11 hours 33 minutes in 2007
124. Michael Ball (England) 51 years, E/F in 12 hours 55 minutes in 2009
125. Paul Downie (Australia) 51 years, E/F in 12 hours 39 minutes in 2011
126. Mandy Mackelworth (UK) 51 years, E/F in 14 hours 39 minutes in 2013
127. Nikki Pope (UK) 51 years, E/F in 18 hours 52 minutes in 2019
128. Loren King (Canada) 51 years, E/F in 12 hours 2 minutes in 2019
129. Karen Zemlin (USA) 51 years, E/F in 10 hours 17 minutes in 2019
130. Karen Gallichan (UK) 51 years, E/F in 19 hours 44 minutes in 2019
131. Michelle Hardy (UK) 51 years, E/F in 15 hours 19 minutes in 2019
132. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA) 50 years, E/F in 11 hours 20 minutes in 2004
133. James Fitzpatrick (USA) 50 years, E/F in 14 hours 32 minutes in 2005
134. Frank Chalmers (Scotland) 50 years, E/F in 16 hours 48 minutes in 2005
135. Tim Cheesman (England) 50 years, E/F in 16 hours 14 minutes in 2005
136. Terry O'Brien (Australia) 50 years, E/F in 15 hours 50 minutes in 2006
137. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) 50 years, E/F in 12 hours 54 minutes in 2009
138. Jim Bayles (USA) 50 years, E/F in 10 hours 59 minutes in 2002
139. Jim Boucher (Ireland) 50 years, E/F in 16 hours 51 minutes in 2011
140. Andrew Hunt (Australia) 50 years, E/F in 13 hours 54 minutes in 2011
141. Nick Owen (Australia) 50 years, E/F in 11 hours 36 minutes in 2013
142. Jordan Waxman (USA) 50 years, E/F in 12 hours 51 minutes in 2014
143. Carol-Lynn Swol (USA) 50 years, E/F in 14 hours 50 minutes in 2019
144. Amanda Love (UK) 50 years, E/F in 12 hours 53 minutes in 2019
145. Andrew George (USA) 50 years, E/F in 11 hours 52 minutes in 2019

Television Reports on 56-year-old Jackie Cobell



70-year-old World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominee

Origin

Usage dating to circa 2010 from Steven Munatones in Huntington Beach, California.

Oldest Swimmers of the Oceans Seven Channels

As of September 2019, the oldest swimmers to have successfully crossed each of the Oceans Seven channels are as follows:

Cook Strait:

  • Tom Hecker M (USA) age 60 in 10 hours 36 minutes from north to south in 2012
  • Toshio Ogawa M (Japan) age 60 in 11 hours 51 minutes from south to north in 2015 [shown above]
  • Elizabeth Fry F (USA) age 60 in 9 hours 54 minutes from north to south in 2019

English Channel:

  • Dr. Otto Thaning M (South Africa) age 73 years in 12 hours 52 minutes from England to France in 2014
  • Linda Ashmore F (England) age 71 in 16 hours 22 minutes from England to France in 2018

Tsugaru Channel:

  • Pat Gallant-Charette F (USA) age 61 in 19 hours 36 minutes from Honshu to Hokkaido in 2012
  • Antonio Argüelles M (Mexico) age 56 in 12 hours 38 minutes from Honshu to Hokkaido in 2015
  • Andrew Hunt M (Australia) age 56 in 10 hours 52 minutes from Honshu to Hokkaido in 2018

Molokai Channel:

  • Pat Gallant-Charette F (USA) age 66 in 23 hours 54 minutes from Molokai to Oahu in 2017
  • Mike Spalding M (USA) age 60 in 15 hours 15 minutes from Molokai to Oahu in 2007

North Channel:

  • Pat Gallant-Charette F (USA) age 65 in 14 hours 22 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 2016
  • Antonio Argüelles M (Mexico) age 58 in 13 hours 32 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 2017
  • Kamil Resa Alsaran M (Turkey) age 58 in 13 hours 55 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 2019

Strait of Gibraltar:

  • Daniel Maciotti M (Peru) age 77 in 7 hours 34 minutes from Spain to Morocco in 1987
  • Angela Marchetti F (Argentina) age 69 in 5 hours 31 minutes from Spain to Morocco in 2017

Catalina Channel:

  • Pat Marzulli M (USA) age 69 in 15 hours 29 minutes from Catalina to the mainland in 2018
  • Carol Schumacher Hayden F (USA) age 66 in 15 hours 2 minutes from Catalina to the mainland in 2016

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