A true success story
• Irishman Steve Redmond (47) this week became the first person in the world to do the Oceans 7. Modelled on the Seven Summits -- climbing the highest mountain on each continent -- he swam the seven toughest channels of the world's oceans starting in 2009.
He swam the 33.7 km-long North Channel between Ireland and Scotland in August, 2009, in 17 hours and 17 minutes. Then the 26km long Cook Strait between the north and south islands of New Zealand in February, 2010. Then he completed the 34km-long English Channel between England and France in August, 2010, in 20 hours and one minute. His fourth swim was the 14.4km-long Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco in heavy shipping traffic in May, 2011, in five hours. In October, 2011, he did the 33.7km Catalina Channel between Santa Catalina Island and Los Angeles in 12 hours and 39 minutes.
The next two swims were the hardest and postponed a few times because of difficult weather: Hawaii's 43km Moloka'i Channel between O'ahu and the Moloka'i islands was completed by Steve in June, 2012, in 22 hours and 30 minutes, and Japan's 19.5km Tsugaru Strait, which is a deep channel with a strong current and large swells, was completed last Saturday in 14 hours and 24 minutes.