NEWPORT — Last week Charlotte Brynn swam the 25-mile distance on Lake Memphremagog between Magog, Quebec, and Newport, Vermont, in 13 hours and 28 minutes.
She left the public beach in Magog at 5:33 a.m., arriving at 7:01 p.m. at Newport City Dock.
Brynn is a New Zealander currently living in Stowe, where she works as director of the Swimming Hole.
Brynn chose to swim north to south, in the face of a slight current against her and head winds that rose to 10 to 12 mph on occasion.
The winds were calm during the start and calmed again during the last few hours of her swim. Water temperature at the surface was 72 to 73 F throughout the swim. The air temperature was in the 60s at the start of the swim but rose into the 80s in the afternoon.
Cynthia Needham, of Hyde Park, served as crew for Brynn in the escort boat, Django, a handmade 16’ wooden dory, piloted by Phil White of Kingdom Games.
This was the second time Brynn has swum the 25-mile distance on Lake Memphremagog. She was one of four swimmers to complete the inaugural “In Search of Memphre” in 2011.
Brynn is a well-known and accomplished ultra-marathon swimmer, having swum the 28 miles around Manhattan, crossed the Catalina Channel in California, and double crossing Lake Champlain.
Last year she established swims from Newport to Skinner Island and Smugglers Cave, and from Newport around Ile Ronde.
In 2016 she was inducted into the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame.