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Madfish Julie Swims Manhattan Island In association With The picture Framing Centre Blackpool
Forget Crocodile Dundee In New York............
    Madfish Visits Manhattan For Not Another World Record - Instead an Inter Planetary Record!!
BUTTERFLY RECORD MANHATTAN July 16th 2011 - Click BBC logo to watch interview on BBC Breakfast July 26th 2011 or watch on Madfish Sport below

First Listen to and watch Julies  interview in USA with Steve Munatones Open Water Source
Dr. Julie 'Madfish' Bradshaw has completed another 'milestone' in the history of long distance butterfly swimming. On Saturday 16th July 2011 she made another record with her favourite and hardest stroke by circumnavigating the 28.5 miles course around Manhattan Island, New York in a fastest ever traditional 'fly' time of 9 hours and 28 minutes.
There is an acknowledged title in the swimming world, that of the Triple Crown ie. an elite group who have swam the English Channel (22 miles), Catalina Channel (22 miles) and Manhattan Island (28.5miles). Swimmers do this on frontcrawl, yet only two swimmers in the world have achieved two of the three on the proper traditional BUTTERFLY, Julie being one and Vicki Keith (Canada).Watch Dr Julie Bradshaw now on You Tube (more videos of Julie and her swimming exploits at bottom of page!)

Julie says

“I have been asked if Catalina is next on the agenda” said Julie. “Who hadn’t crossed my mind! I know Vicki has done both the Channel and Catalina though surprisingly, never had a go at Manhattan in her great ‘fly’ days. She told me in an email when I asked her ‘why’ that it was something she just had not done at the time.”

Dr. Bradshaw aka Madfish  is currently resting for a few days before her next big one, The Humber, in the UK, again never been done and it will be her next world record.

So what about the Manhattan swim? The day started well she says with calm conditions at Pier A near Battery Park, New York. Julie was guided along the way by a boat and a kayak going first along the East River, then entering the Harlem River and finally the last tough 14 miles along The Hudson.

The butterfly ‘swim tour’ took Julie past historic sights such as the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium and the awe inspiring sight of the huge George Washington Bridge a few miles into the Hudson.

“One of the hardest parts of the swim was the heat" Julie says; "it was 75 degrees at the coldest and even 80 degrees in some parts. The sun was beating down onto my back and fortunately I covered myself in a high factor suncream. It did a good job as I wasn’t anywhere near as ‘red’ and burnt as I thought I would be,” Julie laughs. “There were strong currents along the way although for the first part it was calm. However, when I turned at the top with 14 miles to go, the wind blew up and I was fighting against huge waves to get to the finish. It was such an amazing moment to touch the finish buoy at the pier after 9 hours and 28 minutes in the water, finishing where I started out.”

This was the second time the ‘Madfish’ had attempted the swim. Lightning halted her bid in 2005 when no swimmer finished the race. She trained hard for the 2010/2011 year and came back and achieved her dream.The race itself was an inaugural invitation event that NYC Swim had put on in addition to the yearly solo race. Initially Julie had been turned down for the solo due to a crew late entry in the online application procedure. However, the organisers knew of Julie’s desire to complete this on butterfly and to become the first female in the world to do so. They had told her this in 2005 and said they would organise a solo for her in the summer of 2011.

“Madfish was phoned at Christmas by the organiser who told her her ‘solo’ had opened up a ‘can or worms’ and as a result they were putting on this inaugural event and if it went well, it would run in future years. Yes It would be great to think that this had come about from her conversation and would mean many more swimmers could do this in future years avoiding the disappointment of getting turned away due to insufficient places. A friend of Julie, who was with her and had been listening into the call with her, was as delighted as she was!!

A few weeks further down the line everything was confirmed and Madfish was set.My Profile was added by the organisers to their website stating that whilst she may not be the first person to have attempted it butterfly - Charles Chapman had in the 1980’s but had resorted to other strokes to finish as well stating that he had used his own style of fly, thus this was a non-traditional morty berger of

Whilst there had been reports of other swimmers circumnavigating the island on butterfly (1983. 1986 – reports incidentally coming to light from the organisers since Sat 16th July), no one had swam faster than Julie, and certainly no ‘documented’ traditional style butterfly. The organisers claim that this was due to all strokes being categorised in those days as freestyle. Yet Madfish's butterfly English Channel swim and Vicki Keith’s butterfly swim of the Channel and Catalina Straits in the USA were put down in the books as butterfly and were officially recognised.

In completing the swim then, Madfish would be the first female and hence the first person ever to have swam the entire 28.5 mile course using only traditional butterfly. The butterfly we all know love and acknowledge to be the most difficult swimming stroke.This would be a record, a world first and indeed, 'documented'.

To be certain, as Julie likes to be certain of her facts, she did ask about this. The current organisers had been responsible for the running of  this swim sevent (MIMS) since 1993. Despite weeks of enquiring and prior to her swim they could not find any documentation saying that Chapman had done it. Even the guy who went on his boat was not supposed to have even remembered what transpired. That is hard to believe - Julie was indeed very glad her observer (Hsi-Ling) on Saturday July 16th knew!! Doing something like butterfly the whole way IS an occasion that cannot and will not be forgotten.

You can imagine Julies elation therefore, when she touched that buoy at the end. The crowd clapped and applauded her huge effort. She had done it and completed another ‘page’ in her life.” Just a shame that we here at The Picture Framing Centre Blackpool were not there to welcome her in!! - although we are going to frame all her memorabilia!
Having taken a few days break, Dr. Julie ‘Madfish’ Bradshaw is now back in the water training for her next UK swim, The Humber. If successful,  will be her 21st world record. Watch this space for the action!
Watch Julie on You Tube now! morty berger nyc swim
After the swim Julie appeared in the media both locally and nationally.  Please click below to hear more
Morty Berger nycswim organises swims around Manhattan Island via his organisation nycswim org. Morty Berger Manhattan Island Swim Organiser New York .Morty can be contacted via his website NYC SWIM
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