France’s James Penrose Completes Triple Crossing of Lake Willoughby in Vermont

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France’s James Penrose Completes Triple Crossing of Lake Willoughby in Vermont

Frenchman James Penrose has completed a triple-crossing of Lake Willoughby in Vermont, just the third swimmer to complete the crossing.

Penrose completed the swim Monday, traversing the 15 miles in nine hours and 30 minutes. The swim was organized by the Kingdom Games and ratified by the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association. Penrose is the third swimmer to do the three-way crossing, joining Charlotte Brynn in 2017 and Greg O’Connor (four-way crossing) in August. Penrose is the oldest to complete the swim.

Penrose departed North Beach at 6:50 a.m. on Monday and arrived at South beach for the second time to complete the swim at 4:20 p.m. Water temperatures ranged from 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with air temps in the mid-60s.

Penrose’s support kayaker was Kathleene Callicott of Derby, Vermont. Rob Andersen of Newport and Phil White of Derby provided boat support.

Penrose, a native of Paris, swam the English Channel in 2012 and the Strait of Gibraltar in 2013. His marathon career began in earnest in 2011 with the 10-mile race at the Kingdom Swim. He has completed the Catalina Channel crossing and the 8 Bridges swim around Manhattan.