Thomas Minnock - Lake Erie

Long Point, Ontario to North East Twp, Pennsylvania

38.3 km (23.8 miles)

16 hours, 44 minutes on 1 July 2018

Observed and documented by Darren Miller

Co-ratified with Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association (LEOWSA)

Record for earliest in year.



  • Name: Thomas Minnock
  • Gender: male
  • Age on swim date: 54
  • Nationality: US
  • Resides: Mars, Pennsylvania

Support Personnel

  • Pilots: Capt. James Armstrong
  • Kayakers: McDarragh Minnock, Ronald Schmoll, Scott McBride
  • Observer: Darren Miller, John Semanchik

Escort Vessel: Fishing Magician (North East, PA)

Swim Parameters

Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.

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

Route Definition

  • Body of Water: Lake Erie
  • Route Type: one-way
  • Start Location: Tip of Long Point, Ontario, near lighthouse (42.547779, -80.049072)
  • Finish Location: Freeport Beach, North East Twp, Pennsylvania (42.241647, -79.833181)
  • Minimum Route Distance: 38.3 km (23.8 miles)


List of Lake Erie swims (LongSwimsDB)

Swim Data

  • Start: 1 July 2018, 05:17, Eastern Daylight Time
  • Finish: 1 July 2018, 22:01
  • Elapsed: 16 hours, 44 minutes.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (F) 70 77
Air Temp (F) 74 84
Wind (mph) calm 5 WSW

GPS Track

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

Speed Plot


CarboPro + Nuun electrolyte, every 30 min. Occasional banana, Clif Shot Blocks, turkey+cheese sandwich, chocolate chip cookie.

Observer Log

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Conditions Data

NOAA Forecast



Actual: NDBC Station 45167

Water Temp

Air Temp

NDBC Station 45167