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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Oceans Seven, Relay Style
While the quest to achieve the Oceans Seven is a challenge that is reserved for the most committed individuals, relays can provide an enjoyable alternative.
Currently Chris Kraus, Brian Ross, and Rick Gaenzle are a 3-man team that is en route to complete the Oceans Seven relay style.
The trio has already completed a North Channel relay crossing (Ireland-Scotland), a Strait of Gibraltar crossing (Spain-Morocco), and an English Channel crossing (England-France), and are getting ready for their fourth Oceans Seven channel: the Tsugaru Channel in September.
While the trio of Americans is going after the traditional Oceans Seven, there may be other Oceans Seven-type relay options for pods of swimmers around the world. There are all kinds of established relay locations and competitions to choose from:
* Kaiwi Channel Swim (Oahu-Molokai, Hawaii)
* Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim (Hong Kong)
* Maui Channel Swim (Hawaii, U.S.A.)
* Rottnest Channel Swim (Western Australia)
* Fiji Swims (Fiji)
* Tampa Bay Marathon Swim (Florida, U.S.A.)
* Trans Tahoe Relay (Nevada-California, U.S.A.)
* Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (New York, U.S.A.)
* International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen (Switzerland)
* Lake Travis Relay (Texas, U.S.A.)
* La Jolla Cove Swim Club Relay (California, U.S.A.)
* Minnetonka Challenge (Minnesota, U.S.A.)
* Magnetic Island to Townsville (North Queensland, Australia)
* FKCC Swim Around Key West (Florida, U.S.A.)
Photo shows Brian Ross, Quinten Nelson, Chris Kraus, Ross Morrow, Rick Gaenzle (left to right) after a successful North Channel crossing in 2012.
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