Jessi Harewicz - Around Pasley Island

Pasley Island circumnavigation (clockwise)

5 km (3.1 miles)

2 hours, 15 minutes on 17 May 2020

Observed and documented by Stewart Scott

First known swim of this route



  • Name: Jessi Harewicz
  • Gender: female
  • Age on swim date: 37
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Resides: Vancouver, British Columbia

Support Personnel

  • Gunnar Jonsson - pilot
  • Stewart Scott - observer
  • Richard Harewicz - kayaker

Escort Vessel: Havoc (Vancouver)

Swim Parameters

  • Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
  • Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
  • Equipment used: Textile swimsuit, cap, goggles.

Route Definition

  • Body of Water: Howe Sound
  • Route Type: circumnavigation
  • Start and Finish Location: Unnamed dock, northwest shore of Pasley Island. (49.367761, -123.455927)
  • Minimum Route Distance: 5 km (3.1 miles)


No known documented swims of this route.

Swim Data

  • Start: 17 May 2020, 08:45 (America/Vancouver, UTC-7).
  • Finish: 17 May 2020, 11:00
  • Elapsed: 2 hours, 15 minutes, 27 seconds.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (C) 12 13
Air Temp (C) NA NA
Wind () <1 9

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 10 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

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Speed Plot

Nutrition: Every 30 minutes - water, gel mix, PBJ bites.

Observer Report

by Stewart Scott

On Sunday 17 May, 2020 I had the pleasure of observing Jessi Harewicz completing the first recorded circumnavigation of Pasley Island, Howe Sound, BC.

Early morning alarms sounded at 4:30 am as we packed up and made our way to Horseshoe Bay to meet our sailboat ‘Havoc’ and pilot for the trip, Gunnar Jonsson. Aboard ‘Havoc’ was Richard Harewicz who would be following Jessi swim in the kayak, and Jana a keen observer and potential future pilot.

Leaving the docks on schedule we arrived at Pasley Island with sufficient time to scout a good start/end location and help Jessi prepare for the swim.

Diving in at precisely 8:45 am the swim was underway. Calm conditions in the sheltered bay allowed an easy start to the swim, with Jessi consistently ticking along at 64-66 strokes per minute.

Wind picked up as we exited the sheltered bay presenting more choppy water conditions but fortunately Gunnar did an excellent job reading the tide tables and we were in a favourable current making good progress, arriving at halfway ahead of schedule.

The second half of the island flew by as Jessi visibly sped up due to a favourable current and slightly faster stroke rate at 70 per minute. Before long the end was in sight and we wrapped up the swim well ahead of schedule in 2 hours 15 minutes when the estimate was 3 hours.

Water temperature was 12-13 degrees throughout the whole swim, feeding stops every 30 minutes went ahead as scheduled and Jessi kept complaining that the water was too warm - choosing to hang out and float to ‘cool down’ after completing the swim.

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