Isle of Man
The Isle of Man (or Mann) is a self-governing British Crown Dependency, located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland within the British Isles. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann. The Lord of Mann is represented by a Lieutenant Governor, but its foreign relations and defence are the responsibility of the British Government. Although the United Kingdom does not usually intervene in the island's domestic matters, its "good government" is ultimately the responsibility of the Crown (that is, in practice, the Government of the United Kingdom).
Mark Gorry, Carole Laporte, Jim Boucher and Rory Fitzgerald swam an unprecedented 50 km crossing between the Isle of Man and the Irish coast on June 2011. The four-person team took to the 10-11°C (50-51.8°F) waters in one-hour segments strictly following the traditional English Channel rules.
Mercedes Gleitze swam here in 1930.