Friday, July 4, 2014

Kimberley Chambers Loving Her Journey In Tsugaru

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Kimberley Chambers of New Zealand completed her sixth Oceans Seven channel this week in a quick 9 hours 38 minutes.

As she was closing in on Hokkaido, the currents and eddies pushed her far east for the last two hours. "I was expecting this, but man, those currents were strong. The swim streamer was at a right angle to the boat [then]."

But her strategy was spot on. "My shoulders are oddly sore, but I am sure that is because i started out of the gate as fast as I could because I was worried about the [Tsugaru] current. [In contrast] I spent the first 3 hours slow and steady in the English Channel and Catalina. But overall, I am in much better shape than [after completing] the Molokai Channel [in 19 hours 27 minutes]."

One thing that we have observed is that Chambers is getting stronger and faster as she climbs up the Oceans Seven chart. "I am trying my best. And simply loving the personal journey and seeing how far I can push my mind and my body. I have many more swims to do."

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kim Chambers Completes #6 To Climb To #5



































Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

It is natural and expected for world-class swimmers like Lynne Cox and Penny Palfrey to be on the highest echelon of the Oceans Seven list.

But it is equally unlikely and unexpected for rugby players like Stephen Redmond and ballerinas like Kim Chambers to be at this same level.

Chambers has steadily climbed the Oceans Seven rankings and is within a swim of becoming the fifth person to complete it.

Yesterday, the former ballerina from New Zealand comparatively easily knocked off the Tsugaru Channel in Japan with a relatively uneventful crossing of 9 hours 38 minutes under unexpectedly mellow conditions, swimming steadily from Honshu to Hokkaido northern Japan under the watchful eye of Captain Mizushima.

The current top 10 individuals of the Oceans Seven:

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.
5. Adam Walker (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait: 6 with 1 more to go.
5. Kimberly Chambers (New Zealand): Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, English Channel, Tsugaru Channel: 6 with 2 more to go.
8. 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.
8. Craig Lenning (USA): North Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait: 5 with 2 more to go.
10. James Pittar (Australia): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.
10. Kevin Murphy (England): English Channel (34 times), Catalina Channel, North Channel (2 times) and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.
10. Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty (India): English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.
10. Tom Hecker (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.
10. Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.
10. T. Scott Coleman (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.
10. Kathleen Wilson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.
10. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel: 4 with 3 more to go.
10. Lynne Cox (USA): English Channel (2 times), Catalina Channel (2 times), Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.
10. Aditya Santosh Raut (India): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go.

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