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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Freestyling Feat By Aussie Foursome

Courtesy of Marty Filipowski and Tarifa Island to Perejil Island across the Strait of Gibraltar.

Marty Filipowski has been guided by coach Charm Frend across his four Oceans Seven crossings of the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar on May 3rd. "She prepared us to swim well together and was right next to us across the strait in the zodiac, and she also did our feeds," recalled Filipowski.

"Laura Gutiérrez Díaz provided help and guidance and organized [our tandem] crossing so well. Her knowledge and insight enabled us to get the swim done on the only day we really could have within our window, given the changing weather conditions.

The water was 15°C all the way across and the conditions were such that we had to sprint the first hour to get to where we needed to be in order to have the possible chance to complete the swim. We covered a total of 20 km and hit the halfway point at exactly two hours. The wind continued to pick-up all the way across and there was chop the entire time

Pembroke also completed his fifth Oceans Seven crossing (English Channel + North Channel + Molokai Channel + Catalina Channel + Strait of Gibraltar).

Aussie Mary Filipowski, Thomas Pembroke, Mark Mallison, and Victor Pineiro are shown above.

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