Pat Gallant-Charette

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Pat Gallant-Charette
Pat Gallant-Charette before her Catalina Channel swim
Pat Gallant-Charette after her English Channel swim
Pat Gallant-Charette is an American marathon swimmer from Westbrook, Maine who is the founder of the annual global swim event Valentine's Day...Swim for your Heart to bring an awareness of heart disease and its prevention.

The 63-year-old full-time registered nurse completed her swim across the English Channel on her third attempt at crossing the channel (15 hours 57 minutes) in August 2011 to join the Half Century Club. The English Channel Swimming Association awarded her the 2011 "Rosemary George Award for the Most Meritorious Swim of the Year". Her first crossing was in 2008, when currents forced her back 1.7 miles from the French coast. The second attempt was canceled in 2009 due to weather conditions.

In 2010 at the age of 59, she swam the Strait of Gibraltar (3 hours 28 minutes) as the third fastest woman of all time and the fastest American woman. She also completed the Catalina Channel in October 2011 in a time of 14 hours 11 minutes to become the oldest women to ever complete the Catalina Channel and become a member of the Catalina Channel Half Century Club. She was nominated for the 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. In 2012 and 2013, Pat was selected as one of 101 women worldwide as "101 Movers and Shakers" in the world of open water swimming. She crossed the Tsugaru Strait in Japan on 13 September 2012 in 19 hours 36 minutes on her second attempt. In August 2013 she attempted to swim the North Channel. After swimming for 16 hours and 43 minutes and less than one mile from the finish, the tidal flow changed directions and prevented her from completing her swim. She has scheduled her next attempt of the North Channel for 2015. And after swimming for several hours in Cook Strait in New Zealand (January 2014), her swim was stopped due to strong tidal flow. She plans to return to New Zealand in 2016 in her quest to achieve the Oceans Seven Challenge.

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World Records

Gallant-Charette has set the following world records during her career:

Catalina Channel, oldest woman to successfully cross at the age of 60 in 14 hours 11 minutes in 2011
Tsugaru Channel, oldest woman to successfully cross at the age of 61 in 19 hours 36 minutes in 2012

2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Gallant-Charette was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. Her World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Imagine a sport where at the age of 61, you can be considered to be one of the best in the athletic world. Pat Gallant-Charette, a full-time nurse from Maine, is one such individual. But the road to greatness is never easy and the world’s waterways have always put the hard-working grandmother to the test. Despite the tremendous physiological stress she faces and the long hours she endures as she traverses channels around the world, her smile is as brilliant at the finish as it is in the beginning. Always cheerful and deeply appreciative to her crew and supportive family, Gallant-Charette makes every swim a joy to witness from her marathon swims to local charity swims like Swim For Your Heart. She is currently tied for seventh in the global Oceans Seven rankings after she notched another difficult channel under her cap with a 19 hour 36 minute crossing of the treacherous Tsugaru Channel in Japan. She failed on her first attempt, but insisted on a second try in the foreign land. For her success across one of the most difficult channels in the world, for the obvious joy she brings to the sport and the community around her, for her promotion of Swim For Your Heart and her surge up the Oceans Seven rankings, Pat Gallant-Charette is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Videos

Catalina Channel Half Century Club

1. Bob West (USA), 62, CM in 15:49 in 1998
2. Gary Greenwood (USA), 62, CM in 13:08 in 2004
3. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA), 60, CM in 14:11 in 2011
4. Mo Siegel (USA), 60, CM in 13:08 in 2011
5. Bob Needham (USA), 58, CM in 13:10 in 2011
6. Tom Hecker (USA), 57 in 10:45 in 2009
7. Richard Knepper (USA), 56, MC in 11:56 in 2005
8. Barbara Held (USA), 56, CM in 9:36 in 2010
9. Carol Sing (USA), 55, CM in 10:38 in 1997
10. Bill Hoehn (USA), 55, CM in 12:57 in 2005
11. Kevin Murphy (Great Britain), 54, CM in 15:23 in 2003
12. Roger Finch (South Africa), 54, CM, 9:45:02 in 2012
13. Dave Van Mouwerik (USA), 54,, CM, 12:09:07
14. Ned Denison (Ireland), 54, CM, 8:50:04 in 2012
15. Nick Almos-Lau (Mexico), 53, CM in 12:40 in 1999
16. James Fitzpatrick (USA), 53, CM in 14:59 in 2008 (to Newport Beach)
17. Jim McConica (USA), 53, CM in 10:19 in 2004
18. Douglas McConnell (USA), CM, 12:41:13 in 2012
19. David Cooper (USA), 52, CM in 13:19 in 2005
20. Dan Richards (USA), 52, CM in 10:10 2008
21. Alan Bell (USA), 51, CM in 9:28 in 2001
22. Chris Palfrey (Australia), 51, CM in 10:30 in 2009
23. Lynn Kubasek (USA), 51, CM in 15:53 in 2009
24. Daniel Robinson (USA), 51, CM in 9:57 in 2008
25. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), 50, CM in 10:25 in 2009
26. William Newbern (USA), 50, CM in 12:48 in 2005
27. Ray Meltvedt (USA), 50, CM in 15:25 in 2010
28. Suzie Dods (USA), 50, MC in 18:36 in 2010
29. Dale Petranech (USA), 50, CM in 13:28 in 1985
30. John Hill (USA), 50, CM in 19:15 in 1985
31. Frank Reynolds (USA), 50, CM in 10:34 in 1987
32. Jim Barber (USA), 50, CM in 8:43 in 2010
33. Sue Free (USA), 50, CM, 11:23 in 2012
34. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko (USA), 50, CM 11:27:16 in 2012
35. Hendrik Meerman (USA), CM, 50, 12:48:30 in 2012

Tsugaru Channel Crossing

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