Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims
Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims, otherwise known as Triple Break, is a trio of ocean 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. The Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims was first proposed by Ned Denison who also coined the Quatro Break.
Triple Break Sites
1. Robben Island is the former isolated prison home of Nelson Mandella and other South Africans 7.5 kilometers off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.
Robben Island, Alcatraz Island and Spike Island, all once well-guarded isolated prison islands with infamous inmates in the 20th century are now 21st century sites better known for challenging cold-water swims with tricky currents as convicts have given way to open water traditionalists and wetsuit-clad swimmers.
Triple Break Swimmers
2006 Steven Black (Robben + Alcatraz + Spike)
2006 Joe Donnelly (Robben + Alcatraz + Spike)
2006 Mike Harris (Robben + Rottnest + Spike)
2009 John Conroy (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)
2009 Jennifer Hurley (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)
2010 Ram Barkai (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest)
2010 Kieron Palframan (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest) 2010 Ryan Stramrood (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest)
2011 Ned Denison (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike or the Quatro Break)
2011 Gary Emich (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)