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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Explorers Extraordinaire: The Oceans Seven List

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

"I accept dying..." said Stephen Redmond.

The Oceans Seven is open water swimming's version of the Seven Summits. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains in each of the seven continents.

The Oceans Seven was showcased in a film by Red Bull Media House called Defeating Oceans Seven that documents the quest by Stephen Redmond to become the first person to achieve the Oceans Seven and in an American television series called Explorers: Adventures of the Century broadcast by Outside Television.

348 people have completed the Seven Summits and climbed Kilimanjaro (5,892m / 19,340 ft) in Africa, Vinson Massif (4,892 m / 16,050 ft) in Antarctica, either Kosciuszko (2,228m / 7,310 ft) or Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m / 16,024 ft) in Australia, Everest (8,848m / 29,035 ft) in Asia, Elbrus (5,642m / 18,510 ft) in Europe, Mount McKinley (6,194m / 20,320 ft) in North America, and Aconcagua (6,962m / 22,841 ft) in South America). To date, only 6 humans have completed the Oceans Seven: Stephen Redmond of Ireland, Anna Carin Nordin of Sweden, Michelle Macy of the U.S.A., Darren Miller of the U.S.A., Adam Walker of the UK, and Kimberley Chambers of New Zealand.

But many more people are trying.

The Oceans Seven consists of the following waterways around the world:

• North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland
• Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand
• Molokai Channel between Oahu and Molokai Islands in Hawaii
• English Channel between England and France
• Catalina Channel between Catalina Island and the Southern California mainland
• Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan
• Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa

Oceans Seven

*Stephen Redmond (Ireland): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel
*Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden): Molokai Channel, English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait, North Channel
*Michelle Macy (USA): English Channel (3 times), Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel
*Darren Miller (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait, North Channel
*Adam Walker (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait, North Channel
*Kimberly Chambers (New Zealand): Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, English Channel, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel.

Oceans Six

*Penny Palfrey (Australia): English Channel (2 times), Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel

Oceans Five

*Forrest Nelson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel (both ways and two-way), Molokai Channel (both ways), Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait
*Craig Lenning (USA): North Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait
*David Yudovin (USA): Catalina Channel (4 times), Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel, English Channel, Cook Strait
*Rohans More (India): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, North Channel, Tsugaru Channel

Oceans Four

*James Pittar (Australia): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar
*Kevin Murphy (England): English Channel (34 times), Catalina Channel, North Channel (2 times), Strait of Gibraltar
*Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty (India): English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar
*Tom Hecker (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar
*Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar
*T. Scott Coleman (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar
*Kathleen Wilson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Pat Gallant-Charette (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel
*Lynne Cox (USA): English Channel (2 times), Catalina Channel (2 times), Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar
*Aditya Santosh Raut (India): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar
*Yesenia Cabrera Fuegos (Guatemala): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel
*Taranath Narayan Shenoy (India): English Channel (3 times), Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait
*Stephen Junk (Australia): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Catalina Channel
*Adrian Sarchet (Guernsey): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, North Channel
*Guy Moar (Australia): English Channel, North Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel
*Antonio Argüelles (Mexico): English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel (twice), Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel
*Attila Mányoki (Hungary): English Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel

Oceans Three

*Stephen Junk (Australia): Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait
*Michael Miller (USA): Molokai Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Nick Adams (UK): English Channel (10 times), Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
*Dr Sakura Hingley (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
*Jaimie Monahan (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Alison Streeter MBE (UK): English Channel (43 times), North Channel, Catalina Channel
*Barbara Held (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Oliver Wilkinson (England): English Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Jaime Caballero (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Miquel Suñer Comalat (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Samantha Simon (USA): English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel
*David Blanke (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Chris Kraus, Rick Gaenzle, Brian Ross, a 3-man relay, (USA): North Channel, English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Joseph Locke (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Elizabeth Fry (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Nial Funchion (USA): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
*Katie Benoit (USA/Germany): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel
*James Penrose (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Dan Richards (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Ranie Crowley Pearce (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Scott Lautman (USA): Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, English Channel
*Michael Ventre (South Africa): English Channel, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel
*Florence Chadwick (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Roger Finch (South Africa): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Helen Gibbs (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
*Mariel Hawley (Mexico): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Jorge Crivilles Villanueva (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Graeme Lowe (Jersey): English Channel, Catalina Channel, North Channel
*Abhejali Bernardova (Czech Republic): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
*Shubham Vanmali (India): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
*Dan Curtis (U.S.A.): Strait of Gibraltar (twice), Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel
*Jeff Everett (U.S.A.): Strait of Gibraltar, English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Tracy Clark (New Zealand): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
*Fionnuala Walsh (Ireland): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Steve Walker (U.S.A.): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
*Ion Lazarenco (Moldavia/Ireland): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, North Channel

Oceans Two

*Gabor Molnar (Hungary): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Carol Sing (USA) English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Nick Olmos-Lau (Mexico):English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Rebecca Jackman (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Andrew Hewitt (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*David Blanke (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Marcia Cleveland (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Bill Hoehn (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Sally Anne Minty-Gravett (Jersey Island, UK): English Channel (5 times), Catalina Channel
*Scott Richards (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Andrew Alan Voisard (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Tina Neill (USA): English Channel (2 times including 1 backstroke), Catalina Channel (5 times including 1 backstroke)
*Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Michelle Davidson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Erica Moffett (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Elaine Kornbau Howley (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Stephen Autry (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Jeffrey Cleveland (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Jim Barber (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Mallory Mead (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Dave Barra (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Tobey Saracino (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Michael Renford (Australia): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Mo Siegel (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Anthony Zamora (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*William Lee (Bahamas): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*James Fitzpatrick (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Eddie Irwin (Ireland): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Hendrik Meerman (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Sarah Thomas (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Dan Boyle (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Dave Smith (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Cindy Walsh (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Ned Denison (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Penny Dean (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel (double-crossing, 3 times) [retired]
*Greta Andersen (Denmark/USA): English Channel (5 times), Catalina Channel (double-crossing) [retired]
*Brad McVetta (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Doug McConnell (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Susie Dods (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Vasanti Niemz (Germany): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Colin Hill (Great Britain): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Owen O'Keefe (Ireland): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Abilio Couto (Brazil): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar [retired]
*Patricio D'Ottavio (Argentina): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Philip Rush (New Zealand): English Channel (3-way, 2-way, 10 times), Cook Strait (2-way twice, 8 times) [retired]
*Miguel Arrobas (Portugal): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar [deceased]
*Beth French (Great Britain): English Channel, Molokai Channel
*Henry Sullivan (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel: 2 with 5 more to go [deceased]
*Christof Wandratsch (Germany): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Jim McConica (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel (3 times)
*Anna Wardley (Great Britain): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Otto Thaning (South Africa): English Channel (2 times), Strait of Gibraltar
*Laura Lopez Bonilla (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Carina Bruwer (South Africa): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Colm O Neill (Ireland): English Channel, North Channel
*Carol Lee Heltzel (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel [retired]
*Tom Blower (UK): English Channel (3 times) and North Channel [deceased]
*Miyuki Fujita (Japan): English Channel (7 times), Tsugaru Channel (5 times)
*Sarah Thomas (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Kent Nicholas (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Henry Sullivan (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel [deceased]
*David Morgan (UK): English Channel, Catalina Channel [retired]
*Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain): Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
*Steven Black (England): Strait of Gibraltar and English Channel
*Mariel Hawley (Mexico): English Channel and Catalina Channel
*Tara Diversi (Australia): English Channel and Strait of Gibraltar
*Jason Zirganos (Greece): English Channel (four times) and Catalina Channel [deceased after passing away in a North Channel attempt]
*Bhakti Sharma (India): English Channel and Strait of Gibraltar
*Cindy Walsh (USA): English Channel and Catalina Channel (2 times)
*Jim Fitzpatrick (USA): English Channel and Catalina Channel (2 times)
*Colleen Blair (Scotland): English Channel and North Channel
*Geoff Wilson (Australia): English Channel and Catalina Channel
*Donald Perrott (South Africa): English Channel and Strait of Gibraltar
*Robert Drysdale (UK): English Channel and Strait of Gibraltar
*Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland): Strait of Gibraltar and English Channel
*Paul Lewis (UK): English Channel and North Channel
*C.P. Saravanavadivu (India): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Balasaheb Ramchandra Ghadge (India): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Steve Minaglia (U.S.A.): Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*John Walker (UK): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Jason Betley (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Pádraig Mallon (Ireland): English Channel, North Channel
*Nora Toledano (Mexico): English Channel (6 times), Strait of Gibraltar
*John York (U.S.A.): English Channel, Catalina Channel (5 times) [retired]
*Simon Olliver (UK): Cook Strait, English Channel
*Dr Mark Smitherman (U.S.A.): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*James Tout (U.S.A.): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Kristine Buckley (U.S.A.): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Mark Sheridan (UK): English Channel (2 times), Catalina Channel
*David Cech (Czech Republic): English Channel (one-way and two-way), Strait of Gibraltar
*Petr Mihola: English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar:
*Richard Haan: English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Zdenka Krčálová (Czech Republic): English Channel, Catalina Channel
*Andre Wiersig (Germany): English Channel, Molokai Channel
*Ritu Kedia (India): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar
*Lukasz Kowalczyk (Poland): North Channel, English Channel

To update the list, contact the World Open Water Swimming Association at headcoach@openwatersource.com.



Defeating Oceans Seven by Red Bull Media House.

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