Mike Twigg-Smith

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Michael Twigg-Smith escorting a swimmer across the Molokai Channel
Adrian Sarchet of Guernsey doing a 17 hour 24 minute crossing of the Molokai Channel on 11 July 2016 under the escort of Captain Michael Twigg-Smith, escort kayaker Jeff Kozlovich, and support crew Pete Rowland and Mandy Mackelworth on Sarchet's fifth Oceans Seven channel swim

Michael Twigg Smith is an American escort boat captain for the open water swimmers and relays across the Molokai Channel (Ka'iwi Channel) from Hilo, Hawaii. He is the sole member of Stellina Mare LLC that specializes in escort boat services between Molokai Island and Oahu.

Athletic Career

  • Played water polo with legendary coach Ken Smith and traveled to Australia, New Zealand and California to compete
  • Swam competitively at Punahou School under coach Steve Borowski
  • Paddled 6-man canoes for Waikiki Surf Club and Waikiki Beach Boys across the Molokai Channel. He paddled in the Molokai Hoe 7 times between 1990 and 2002
  • surfer
  • wind surfer
  • snowboarder
  • member of Heartbeat sailing team of the Waikiki Yacht club.

Escorting Career

Molokai Channel Attempt with Ranie Pearce

2 July 2016 while escorting Ranie Pearce during a shark encounter on a Molokai Channel attempt

Molokai Channel Crossing by Tom Hackett

Molokai Channel crossing by Tom Hackett in 14 hours 57 minutes on 11 September 2016 escorted by Captain Mike Twigg-Smith and filmed by Daniel Hildebrandt

Molokai Channel Crossing by Pat Gallant-Charette

Footage of Pat Gallant-Charette by Mike Scott in 2017

Molokai Channel Crossings

Twigg-Smith has escorted the following open water swimmers and relays across the Molokai Channel in Hawaii:


1. The Veterans (a relay with Karen Schmidt, Amy Dantzler], Brent Blackman, Bill Ireland, Bruce Thomas, and Dianne Gleason) in the Kaiwi Channel Swim from Molokai to Oahu in 9 hours 45 minutes
2. Richard W. Gaenzle, Jr., Brian Ross, Chris Kraus of U.S.A. relay in 13 hours 45 minutes


3. Cameron Keith of Australia in 13 hours 55 minutes, 15 years old, the youngest to cross
4. Rohan More of India crossed in 17 hours 30 minutes


5 Boguslaw Ogrodnik of Poland DNF did not cross because current was too strong.
6. Stephen Junk of Australia DNF did not cross because of seasickness.
7. John Royer and Mark Royer of U.S.A. crossed in rain squall 14 hours 30 minutes on 24 August 2015.
8. Attila Mányoki of Hungary crossed in 12 hours 2 minutes.
9. Romano Mombelli of Switzerland DNF did not cross because of severe man o war stings.
10. André Wiersig of Germany crossed in 18 hours 26 minutes on 15 October 2015.


11. Daniel Curtis of U.S.A. cancelled due to extremely large surf on 27 February 2016.
12. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González of Mexico crossed in 23 hours 18 minutes on 21 March 2016.
13. Adrian Sarchet of Guernsey crossed in 17 hours 24 minutes on 11 July 2016.
14. Jorge Crivilles Villanueva of Spain crossed in 17 hours 54 minutes on 17 August 2016.
15. Ranie Pearce of U.S.A. did not finish due to tiger sharks on 26 June 2016.
15. 6-person Russian team led by Sergi did not finish due to white tip sharks on 26 June 2017.
14. Dr. Tom Hackett of U.S.A. crossed in 14 hours 57 minutes on 11 September 2016.
15. Stephen Junk of Australia crossed in 13 hours 50 minutes on 4 October 2016.
15. Beth French of Great Britain crossed for the second time in 17 hours 59 minutes on 6 December 2016.


15. Abhejali Bernardova of Czech Republic crossed in 22 hours 8 minutes on 27 March 2017.
16. Cae Tolman from Wales swam for 17 hours but did not finish on 8 April 2017.
23. Pat Gallant-Charette of the USA crossed in 23 hours 54 minutes at 66 years and 107 days old on 19 May 2017.
23. Prabhat Koli, a 17-year-old from Mumbai, India crossed in 17 hours 22 minutes on 6 June 2017. 24. and 25. Nora Toledano and Mariel Hawley Davila from Mexico City on tandem swim in 14 hours 28 minutes on 10 July 2017. 26. Sergio Salomone from Argentina stopped 6 km from Makapuu Beach after swimming for 16 hours 25 minutes 25 July 2017. 27. Matias Ola from Argentina stopped after 17 hours before exiting the water on 2 August 2017.

Molokai Channel Crossing with André Wiersig

André Wiersig's crossing of the Molokai Channel on 15 October 2015 in 18 hours 26 minutes, finishing on Sandy Beach on Oahu escorted by pilot Mike Twigg-Smith, observer/kayaker Jeff Kozlovich, kayaker Marcos Robaina, and crew Jürgen Peters and Guido Schneider.

Kaiwi Channel Swim Relay

Twigg-Smith escorted The Veterans, six ocean swimmers who completed the inaugural Kaiwi Channel Swim in 9 hours 53 minutes between the islands of Molokai and Oahu on 24 August 2013: Karen Schmidt, Amy Dantzler, Brent Blackman, Bill Ireland, Bruce Thomas, and Dianne Gleason

1984 Water Polo Championship

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