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Trailing boat

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Nejib Belhedi pulling a trailing boat during his 200m 11-minute boat pulling event in the Port El Kantaoui in Tunisia on 17 November 2015 on the World Iron Swim Series
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

noun - A trailing boat is the boat or other marine vessel that an open water swimmer intentionally pulls along in the water for demonstrations of skill and strength. The niche discipline in the sport of open water swimming is referred to as boat pulling.


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


Nejib Belhedi pulled dozens of passengers in a trailing boat for 200 meters.


escort boat

History of Boat Pulling[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 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.
On 17 November 2015, Nejib Belhedi pulled a 22-ton trailing boat in Tunisia.
On 19 November 2015, Nejib Belhedi pulled a 30-ton trailing boat in Tunisia.

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