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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Stephen Redmond: Is Third Time A Charm?

T.H. Palmer penned this poem that epitomizes Stephen Redmond's third attempt at the Tsugaru Channel coming up in July:

'Tis a lesson you should heed,
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try again;

Then your courage should appear,
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear
Try, try again;

Once or twice, though you should fail,
If you would at last prevail,
Try, try again;

If we strive, 'tis no disgrace
Though we do not win the race;
What should you do in the case?
Try, try again

If you find your task is hard,
Time will bring you your reward,
Try, try again

All that other folks can do,
Why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view:
Try, try again.

Earlier in June, Redmond twice attempted to complete the Oceans Seven by crossing the Tsugaru Channel from the eastern peninsula. He never got into the main current that flows from west to east between the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Caught in eddies off Mutsu Bay, he made much less progress than expected and finally called it a day - twice - but his dream lives on.

Next month, he will head back to Japan to complete the Oceans Seven. He will make another attempt across the Tsugaru Channel, but this time, he will start from the western peninsula in a course pioneered by David Yudovin in 1990. Redmond's strategy is to ride the current as Yudovin did, getting swept eastward but towards his ultimate goal of Hokkaido.

Redmond will certainly try, try again. "Oceans Seven is something that is driving me," said the famed Irish marathon swimmer who has already completed the English Channel, Catalina Channel, North Channel, Molokai Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar.

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