Thursday, June 21, 2018

11 Hours To Complete South African, Oceans Seven History


Courtesy of Channel Swim Japan, Tsugaru Channel, northern Japan.

36-year-old Cameron Bellamy became the first South African and the 11th person in history to complete the Oceans Seven with an 11 hour 7 minute 28 second crossing of the Tsugaru Channel yesterday.

After a DNF across the Tsugaru Channel in October 2017, the South African came back and did a solid swim brilliantly cutting across the Tsugaru Current.

As he approached the northern shore of Hokkaido, he was able to continue a consistent pace in the 15°C water and the expectant eddies did not push he away from shore.

Bellamy may become the 11th person in history to achieve the Oceans Seven after Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Michelle Macy (USA), Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (UK), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldavia/Ireland), Rohan Dattatrey More, and Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic).

Bellamy's Oceans Seven record of success is as follows:

July 2012: he crossed the English Channel from England to France in 16 hours 29 minutes.
April 2015: he crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 1 minute.
November 2015: he crossed the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 11 hours 53 minutes.
July 2016: he crossed the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 22 minutes.
February 2017: he crossed the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in 17 hours 1 minute.
March 2017: he crossed the Cook Strait in a tandem swim with Steve Walker, finishing in 12 hours 44 minutes.
October 2017: he attempted a crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in a tandem swim with Steve Walker in the latest attempt on record.
June 2018: he crossed the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan in 11 hours 7 minutes.

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