On August 8th 2018, brothers Joe and John Zemaitis from Scottsdale, Arizona completed the first tandem solo of Loch Ness. The 23-mile (35.2 km) famed loch in Scotland contains over half the fresh water in the UK. They joined a group of fewer than 25 swimmers who have successfully crossed the length of Loch Ness.
Their 11 hour 22 minutes swim was piloted by Captain Ryan Tozer in water temperatures that ranged from 14.0°C to 14.9°C.
“It was a great swim from start to finish. The water seemed cold at first but the cold feeling faded as we found a rhythm. Conditions got a little tougher in the second half but it was an overall fantastic day,” said Joe Zemaitis. “Ryan is a great pilot and it is a really unique swim experience.”
John had a slightly different take on the swim, “I was a little disappointed that Joe didn’t get attacked by the Loch Ness Monster.
Our swim would have gotten a lot more coverage and it would have made for some great pictures if he had.”
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