Triple Break is the Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims, where swimmers challenge themselves to escape by swimming from some of the world's most well-known island prisons: Alcatraz, Robben and Spike. While the traditional Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming consists of the English Channel, Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, the open water presents an aquatic path of prison escape.
Triple Break 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 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 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 immates 2 kilometers off the coast in Cobh Harbour, Ireland
8. Rottnest Island, 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, Mediterranean opposite Cannes (1 km) which was used as a military prison and where the famous Man in the iron mask was held captive.
Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Le Château d’If, Spike Island, and Rottnest Island 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 Tusset (Alcatraz + Chateau d’If + Fort Boyard)