THE ORIGINAL TRIPLE CROWN is three channels the North Channel, English Channel, and Bristol Channel.
The original Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming is a marathon swimming challenge consisting of three historically important swims:
English Channel - between England and France
North Channel - Ireland and Scotland
Bristol Channel - starting or finishing in North Devon England / Porthcawl, Wales
The less known Original Triple Crown was first completed in 1971 some 16 years before the better knowing Triple Crown which comprises The English Channel, the Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island swim (20 Bridges in later years).
To qualify for The Original Triple Crown, The Bristol Channel a route of approximately should have a start or finish in North Devon, England and finish in Wales and The North Channel within Admirality chart 2198 between Ireland and Scotland.
Undoubtably, The Original Triple Crown is the most challenging of all the Triple Crowns and therefore is the most prestigious.
1973 Kevin Murphy completed THE ORIGINAL TRIPLE CROWN
1975 Ted Keenan completed THE ORIGINAL TRIPLE CROWN
2020 Kamil Resa Alsaran completed THE ORIGINAL TRIPLE CROWN
1971 Kevin Murphy
1968 - English Channel- in 15 hours 55 minutes.
1970 - North Channel - in 11 hours 21 minutes.
1971 - Bristol Channel- in 13 hours 54 minutes.
1975 Ted Keenan
13 August 1972 - English Channel in 18 hours 11 minutes
11 August 1973 - North Channel in 18 hours, 27 minutes
17 July 1975 - Bristol Channel in 14 hours 26 minutes
2020 Kamil Resa Alsaran
4 September 2012 English Channel in 13 hours 19 minutes
29 July 2019 - North Channel in 13 hours, 55 minutes, 37 seconds
10 September 2020 - Bristol Channel in 13 hours 8 minutes