Prison island swim

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noun - Prison island swims are open water swims where swimmers swim between famed prison islands and the shorelines or [mainland]]s nearby. The prison island swims include the Triple Break (or the Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims and the Quatro Break (or the Quatro Break of Prison Island Swims. These swims include Le Château d’If, Fort Boyard, Devil's Island, Île de Gorée, Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island, Rottnest Island, and Sainte-Marguerite.

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Origin

Triple Break and Quatro Break were both first proposed by Ned Denison.

Synonym

island prison swim

Prison Island Swim Sites

1. Le Château d’If (France) is a fortress and former prison) located on the island of If in the Mediterranean Sea in southeastern France
2. Fort Boyard (France) is an oval-shaped fort and military prison located between the Île-d'Aix and the Île d'Oléron in the Pertuis d'Antioche on the west coast of France
3. Devil's Island (French Guiana) is 14 km (9 miles) off the coast of French Guiana in South America and a well-known location of the French penal system and a leper colony
4. Île de Gorée (Senegal) is known as the location of the House of Slaves located off the coast of Senegal
5. Robben Island (South Africa) is the former isolated prison home of Nelson Mandella and other South Africans 7.5 kilometers off the coast of Cape Town
6. Alcatraz Island (U.S.A.) is the former isolated prison home of Al Capone and other celebrated American criminals 1.5 miles from Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay in California, U.S.A.
7. Spike Island (Ireland: Inis Píc): is the former isolated prison home of infamous inmates 2 kilometers off the coast in Cobh Harbour, Ireland
8. Rottnest Island (Australia): the finish of a 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim west of Perth, Western Australia, was used as an Aboriginal prison between 1838 and 1931 for men and boys
9. Sainte-Marguerite (France): Mediterranean opposite Cannes (1 km) which was used as a military prison and where the famous Man in the iron mask was held captive

These sites are now 21st century sites better known in the swimming community for challenging open water swims with tricky currents and surrounding marine life rather than its penal history. Convicts of the past have given way to contemporary open water swimming traditionalists and wetsuit-clad triathletes and swimmers.

Triple Break and Quatro Break Swimmers

2006 Steven Black (Robben + Alcatraz + Spike)
2006 Joe Donnelly (Robben + Alcatraz + Spike)
2006 Mike Harris (Robben + Alcatraz + Spike)
2009 John Conroy (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)
2009 Jennifer Hurley (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)
2010 Kieron Palframan (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest)
2010 Ryan Stramrood (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest)
2011 Ned Denison (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike for the Quatro Break)
2011 Gary Emich (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)
2012 Ram Barkai (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike for the Quatro Break)
2013 Jacques Tuset (Alcatraz + Le Château d’If + Fort Boyard+ Robben for the Quatro Break)

Escape from Spike Island

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