Martyn Webster - Loch Awe

Torran Bay to Kilchurn Rail Bridge

36.3 km (22.6 miles)

13 hours, 30 minutes on 9 July 2018

Observed and documented by Catriona O'Keefe

Fastest Loch Awe crossing



  • Name: Martyn Webster
  • Gender: male
  • Age on swim date: 51
  • Nationality: Great Britain
  • Resides: Switzerland

Support Personnel

  • Martin O'Keefe - pilot
  • Catherine French - crew
  • Catriona O'Keefe - observer

Escort Vessel: Loch Awe Boats rental (Ardbrecknish)

Swim Parameters

Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.

Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.

Route Definition


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Swim Data

  • Start: 9 July 2018, 06:10, British Standard Time
  • Finish: 9 July 2018, 19:40:37
  • Elapsed: 13 hours, 30 minutes, 37 seconds.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp 14C 21C
Air Temp 11C 18C
Wind calm 12-14 knots

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GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 30 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

Speed Plot

Observer Log

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Crossing the Entrance to River Awe….rough!


From Oban Times, August 2, 2018.

A man from Switzerland has swum the length of Loch Awe in what might be a record time.

Martyn Webster completed the 23.9-mile swim in a time of 13 hours, 30 minutes and 37 seconds.

He is waiting for confirmation of his record by the British Long Distance Swimming Association.

Martyn started at Torran Bay and finished at the Kilchurn Rail Bridge.

Martyn, who is an experienced long-distance swimmer and has completed swims around Manhattan Island and across the Straits of Gibraltar, said he found this swim ‘tougher than the English Channel’.

His support boat was hired from Cliff and Janet at Loch Awe Boats, Ardbrecknish.

Weather Data

Source: Weather Underground, July 9, 2018