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Jacques Tuset

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Jacques Tuset leads the Prison Island Swims that were nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
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50-year-old marathon swimmer Jacques Tuset of France
Jacques Tuset of France and Team Aquadeus, the world's leading Prison Island Swims escapee

Jacques Tuset is 55-year-old French marathon swimmer and open water swimming coach, instructor, referee, and author from Montpellier, France. He is the French representative of the Channel Swimming Association and the King of Prison Island Swimming who serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor.

Honors

Prison Island Swims

Tuset has completed the famed Triple Break and Quatro Break of prison island swims including swims from Alcatraz Island (USA), Le Château d’If (France), Fort Boyard (France), Île de Gorée (Senegal), Robben Island (South Africa), Spike Island (Ireland), Rottnest Island (Australia) and Fort Royal de Sainte-Marguerite (France).

2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Tuset's effort for his Prison Island Swims is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

"With so many iconic venues to choose from, Jacques Tuset has swum across channels and lakes throughout Europe to showcase his talents. From Lac Léman in France to Kalamata in Greece, he has proven himself over and over again. But he has found his niche in the Prison Island Swims where he leads the world in escaping from the famed prison islands to the nearby shorelines. Encouraged by its originator Ned Denison, Tuset is on his way to complete all the Prison Island Swims with Alcatraz Island (USA), Le Château d’If (France), Fort Boyard (France), Île de Gorée (Senegal), Robben Island (South Africa), Spike Island (Ireland), Rottnest Island (Australia) and Fort Royal de Sainte-Marguerite (France) done and checked off. For his focus on a unique niche within the open water swimming world, for his enthusiastic and joyful promotion of these Prison Island Swims, Jacques Tuset’s Prison Island Swims is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees

1. Beyond Avalon by Dan Henry, Dave Speier, William Miller, Steve Miller, Lee Grove, Dana Selles, Mark Zambon, Penny Nagel, Chris Gibson, Jon Rodley, Jonathan Hands, Nick Jeffery, Terry Hirt (U.S.A.)
2. Curaçao Channel Crossing by Niko Kluyver, André Nottelman, Erwin Ruijsink (Curaçao)
4. Cyprus Israel Swim by Udi Erell, Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Luc Chetboun (Israel)
4. Diomede Islands Swim by Alexandr Brylin and Grigorii Prokopchuk (Russia)
5. English Channel Crossing by Cyril Baldock (Australia)
6. Great Lake Adventure by Vicki Keith, Abi Tripp, Nick Streicher, Michelle Sempowski, Natasha Dobson, Harley Bolton, Natalie Lambert, Jenna Lambert (Canada)
6. International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina by Matías Ola (Argentina)
8. Lake Ontario Crossing by Trinity Arsenault (Canada)
9. Madagascar Swim by Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot (South Africa)
10. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim by Kristian Rutford (U.S.A.)
11. Mallorca 360° Circumnavigation Swim by Richard Krugel (South Africa)
12. Monterey Bay Crossing by Patti Bauernfeind (U.S.A.)
14. Prison Island Swims by Jacques Tuset (France)
14. Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by Charlotte Samuels (U.S.A.)
15. U.S. Lifeguarding Champions by Monmouth County Lifeguards (U.S.A.)

Publication

He wrote Libre comme l'eau in 2021.

10 Escapes Video


Courtesy of Jacques Tuset and Team Aquadeus

Escape from Fort Royal de Sainte-Marguerite


Une évasion à la nage depuis le Fort Royal de Sainte-Marguerite (prison du Masque de Fer) jusqu'à Cannes (Palm Beach). Une traversée de 1300m avec Ned Denison, Jean-Yves Faure et Jacques Tuset accompagné en kayak par Jean-Christophe Grand. 1.4 km swimming escape from the Fort Royal de Sainte-Marguerite to Palm Beach in Cannes, France by Ned Denison, Jean-Yves Faure and Jacques Tuset escorted by Jean-Christophe Grand.

Open Water Swimming Career in Europe

Marathon Swims more than 10 km

1992: Lac Leman 12 km crossing from Lausanne, Switzerland to Evian, France
2002: De 2000 à 2002 : French Open Water Swimming Championships (4rd in 2002), 25 km
2001: 30 km Swimming Marathon of the Messinian Gulf from Koroni to Kalamata in Greece
2006: 21 km Straits of Corfu from Sagiada to Corfu in Greece
2009: International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim in Lake Zurich from Raperswil to Zurich (Switzerland), 26.4 km on 26 July 2009 6 hours 16 minutes 42 seconds at the age of 45
2010: 15 km Cepoy Lake, French Open Water Cup in France
2010: 12 km Cologne Marathon Swim in Germany
2010: 11 km International Swim Crossing of Maliakos Gulf in Greece
2010: 22 km IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon from Stavoren to Medemblik in the Netherlands in 5 hours 46 minutes 16 seconds
2011: Traverlonga Lago d'Orta (Oceanman Lake Orta 14 km from Omegna to Lido di Gozzano in Lago d'Orta
2012: 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli from Capri to Napoli in Italy in 9 hours 15 minutes 24 seconds at the age of 48 on 16 July 2012
2012: 26 km International Swimming Marathon of Toroneos Gulf from Kallithéa to Nikiti, Greece
2012: 11 km Malta-Gozo-Malta in Malta
2014: 22.4 km Medes to Formigues Islands swim, Spain
2014: 15 km Le Lac de Vassivière, French Open Water Cup in France
2014: 30.8 km Ultramarató de l'Ebre 30830 Swim Marathon in Spain
2014: Proswim Challenge Winner (2 stays: Swim The Costa Brava in Spain 6 km and Swim The Island in Italy 5 km)
2014: 15 km Ar-Men Raid, France
2014: 19 km Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim in Serbia
2015: 19.6 km Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia in 6 hours 52 minutes 46 seconds on 21 February 2015 at the age of 51
2016: 14.4 km (8.4-mile) swim from Île St Joseph to French Guiana mainland near Kourou together with Ned Denison and Jills Vanegas on 16 February 2016 in 4 hours, 45 minutes; the swim was an historic first

Solo Swims

2002: English Channel crossing (trophée Van Hooren) in 12 hours 40 minutes (England - France), 44 km
2004: 1st French swimmer to cross the Strait of Gibraltar 14.4 km from Spain to Morocco in 5 hours 11 minutes on 11 July 2004
2006: 12 km Seine River solo swim in Paris, France
2009: 20 km Fort Boyard to La Rochelle solo crossing swim in France
2011: 18 km Côte Vermeille solo swim from Argelès to Cerbère in France
2014: 15 km Ar-Men Raid solo swim from Ar-Men lighthouse to Tévennec lighthouse in France
2014: 1st French swimmer to cross the 21 km Beltquerung from Germany to Denmark on 21 August 2014 in 5 hours 56 minutes at the age of 49
2014: Spike Island crossing, fifth Prison Island Swim
2015: 22.5 km from Jersey to France in 6 hours 49 minutes 2016: 14.4 km Ile St Joseph to mainland in 4 hours 45 minutes on 16 February 2016
2016: finished 20th in the 1 km race on 1 January 2016 in the Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany
2019: On 31 August, he finished 8th in the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island in New York City in 7 hours 19 minutes 26 seconds at the age of 55.

Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

24TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM CALLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER - On 9 July 2005, Jacques Tuset has a commanding lead at the halfway mark of the 24th annual, 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS). The National Weather Service had issued a severe weather alert with dangerous lightning, high winds and a strong thunderstorm which forced cancellation of the marathon swim. Five hours into the event, Jacques Tuset is passing under the Henry Hudson Bridge, leaving the Harlem River and entering the favorable currents of the Hudson River. Following in second through fourth places are U.S. swimmers Rebecca Fenson, San Francisco, California, Emily Watts, Potomac, Maryland and David Blanke, Austin, Texas. In fifth place was Igor Meskelis of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

French Open Championships

Tuset serves as the referee and event director of the 2019 French open Championships - Vichy, a sanctioned International Ice Swimming Association event held in February in France.

In French / en Français

Jacques Tuset, né le 22 décembre 1964 à Lyon, est un nageur français spécialiste de la nage en eau libre et du sauvetage côtier. Il est responsable de la commission eau libre au sein du comité régional de natation en Languedoc-Roussillon de 1996 à 2008. Il est président du club Aqualove Sauvetage (FFSS) sur Montpellier depuis 2006. Représentant de la Channel Swimming Association (CSA) pour la France. Ancien international de natation et membre du Montpellier Agglo. Natation U.C., il a effectué à ce jour plus de 400 traversées à la nage et terminé 4ème des championnats de France du 25km en eau libre (FFN) en 2002, 2ème des championnats de France avec palmes sur 20km (FFESSM) en 2005 et 1er des championnats de France de sauvetage côtier "épreuve de nage -surf race" (FFSS) en 2005.

Son objectif : participer aux marathons et raids à la nage (sans palmes ni combinaison) les plus connus en Europe

À ce jour, il a déjà réalisé :

Marathons eau libre de plus de 10 km

1992 : Traversée du Lac Leman de Lausanne à Evian (Suisse - France), 12 km

De 2000 à 2002 : Championnats de France eau libre du 25 km

2001 : Marathon international du golfe de Méssenie de Koroni à Kalamata (Grèce), 40 km 2006: Traversée du détroit de Corfou de Sagiada à Corfou (Grèce), 21 km 2009: Traversée du lac de Zurich de Raperswil à Zurich (Suisse), 26.4 km 2010: Lac de Cepoy (France), 15 km 2010: Marathon de Cologne (Allemagne), 12 km 2010: Marathon international du golfe de Maliakos (Grèce), 11 km 2010: Marathon d'IJselmeer de Stavoren à Medemblik (Hollande), 22 km 2011: Traversée de lac d'Orta (Italie), 14 km 2012: Marathon du golfe Capri-Naples (Italie), 46 km 2012: Marathon du Golfe Toronéen de Kallithéa à Nikiti (Grèce), 26 km 2012: Malte-Gozo-Malte (République de Malte), 11 km 2014: Des îles Medes aux îles Formigues (Espagne), 22.4 km 2014: Lac de Vassiviere (France), 15 km 2014: Ultra-marathon de l'Ebre (Espagne), 30,8 km Raids eau libre 2002: Traversée de la Manche (trophée Van Hooren) en 12h40 (Angleterre - France), 44 km 2004: 1er Français à traverser le détroit de Gibraltar (Espagne - Maroc), 15 km 2006: Traversée de Paris à la nage pour faire connaître une maladie génétique rare : la Choroïdérémie (France), 12 km 2009: Traversée de Fort Boyard à La Rochelle à la nage pour faire connaître une maladie génétique rare : la Choroïdérémie (France), 20 km 2011: Traversée de la côte Vermeille à la nage d'Argelès à Cerbère pour faire connaître une maladie génétique rare (France), 18 km 2014: Ar-Men Raid, traversée à la nage du phare d'Ar-Men au feu de Tévennec pour une association de sauvegarde des phares et balises, la SNPB (France), 15 km 2014: 1er Français à traverser le Beltquerung (Allemagne - Danemark), 21 km

2015 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

Tuset was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2015 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

Tuset was named to the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2016 (alphabetized by last name) by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
4. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
6. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
14. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
16. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
24. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
26. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
40. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
41. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
42. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
44. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
44. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
45. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
46. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
46. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
48. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
49. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
44. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
46. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa

Honours

He received the Pierre Van Vooren Memorial Trophy for the Swim in the most Arduous Conditions from the Channel Swimming Association.

Pierre Van Vooren Memorial Trophy Recipients

2016: Maxence Paindavoine (France) in 14 hours 12 minutes
2016: Howard James (England) in 14 hours 14 minutes
2015: Monica Bender (USA) in 14 hours 41 minutes
2014: Meghan Chisholm (Canada) in 14 hours 49 minutes
2014: Tracy Clark (New Zealand) in 12 hours 46 minutes
2014: Carl Plasschaert (Belgium) in 12 hours 6 minutes
2012: Catherine Smith (Great Britain) in 16 hours 42 minutes
2011: Mark Seal (Great Britain) in 12 hours 48 minutes
2010: Ian Down (Great Britain) in 15 hours 46 minutes
2009: Liane Llewellyn (England) in 26 hours 45 minutes
2008: Mark Ransom (Great Britain) in 12 hours 24 minutes
2006: Anne Marie Ward (Ireland) in 20 hours 4 minutes
2006: Sønnøve Cirotski (Norway) in 14 hours 44 minutes
2005: Jane McCormick (Scotland) in 15 hours 12 minutes
2004: Gilles Rondy (France) in 6 hours 54 minutes
2004: Karteek Alec Clarke (Scotland) in 16 hours 5 minutes
2002: Jacques Tuset (France) in 12 hours 40 minutes
2000: Jackie MacDonald (England) in 21 hours 19 minutes breaststroke

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