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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Perfect Conclusion: Darren Miller Achieves The Ocean Seven

Darren Miller not only completed the Oceans Seven today in a remarkably smooth and straight crossing of the notorious North Channel between Ireland and Scotland, but he did it in an unprecedented manner.

Miller crossed the North Channel in 11 hours 16 minutes, going 7-for-7 in his Oceans Seven crossings.

7 attempts led to 7 successes: the English Channel in 12 hours 4 minutes, the Catalina Channel in 9 hours 15 minutes, the Molokai Channel in 12 hours 12 minutes, the Strait of Gibraltar in 3 hours 44 minutes, the Tsugaru Channel in 15 hours 55 minutes, the Cook Strait in 10 hours 42 minutes, and achieved the North Channel in 11 hours 16 minutes today.

The first American man, the second man overall, and the fourth human in history to complete the 7 Oceans Seven channels, Miller swam a cumulative total of 75 hours 8 minutes or an average of 10 hours 44 minutes per channel.

But to achieve those goals, he put in the quiet mileage necessary. There were a whole lotta hours and miles - thousands cumulatively - training and traveling to achieve the goal.

What now? Celebrate, continue to raise money for the Forever Fund, and inspire more people - on land and in the water - to understand how they too can reach their potential.

The current top athletes in the Oceans Seven challenge include the following individuals from all over the world:

1. Stephen Redmond (Ireland): Completed English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel.
1. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden): Completed Molokai Channel, English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait, North Channel.
1. Michelle Macy (USA): Completed English Channel (3 times), Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel.
1. Darren Miller (USA): Completed English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait, North Channel.
5. Penny Palfrey (Australia): English Channel (2 times), Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel: 6 with 1 more to go (North Channel).
6. Forrest Nelson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel (both ways and two-way), Molokai Channel (both ways), Tsugaru Channel and Cook Strait: 5 with 2 more more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
6. Craig Lenning (USA): North Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait: 5 with 2 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
6. Adam Walker (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel: 5 with 2 more to go (remaining scheduled unannounced).
9. James Pittar (Australia): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
9. Kevin Murphy (England): English Channel (34 times), Catalina Channel, North Channel (2 times) and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
9. Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty (India): English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
9. Tom Hecker (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
9. Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (Molokai Channel scheduled for 2012).
9. T. Scott Coleman (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
9. Kathleen Wilson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
9. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel: 4 with 3 more to go (Cook Strait in February/March 2013, North Channel in September 2013)*
9. Lynne Cox (USA): English Channel (2 times), Catalina Channel (2 times), Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.
9. Kimberly Chambers (New Zealand): Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel: 4 with 3 more to go.

* Pat Gallant-Charette is currently swimming in the North Channel as Darren Miller boats back to his hotel. According to Nuala Moore, "Pat is doing OK; her stroke rate is constant and she is plugging away in good spirits. Like Miller, she is enjoying great water conditions as she has been swept a bit south from the optimal line. She has been in the water over 13 hours and has only 7 miles to go although the tides will change soon."

Sheena Patterson is the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association observer on Gallant-Charette's escort boat. "Pat's stroke per minute rate is solid. The water touched in at 15ºC (59ºF). The air temperature is dropping but she has another 3 hours light and her brother is on the boat as well."

Photo below shows Darren Miller under the guidance of escort pilot Brian Maherg in Bangor Boats passing fellow American Pat Gallant-Charette in the distance with pilot Quinten Nelson. Maherg says of the crossing in the crossing, "The last time I think two swimmers were in North Channel together was late 1950's. There has been nothing since then, so this is quite historic for the channel."

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