Craig Lenning successfully crossed the Tsugaru Channel in 10 hours 44 minutes on his second try.

The renowned Colorado marathon swimmer, in a land-locked state from any ocean, is now into serious play to achieve the Oceans Seven with 4 out of the 7 channels completed: North, English, Catalina and Tsugaru. With his ability to proven ability to swim in cold water (North) and warm water (Tsugaru), his ability to stay in for hours in technically challenging channels, the Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar and the Molokai Channel are entirely within his abilities.

After trailblazer Stephen Redmond, these athletes below are just a handful of athletes who are closest to the elusive Oceans Seven.

1. Penny Palfrey (Australia): English Channel (2 times), Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel
1. Michelle Macy (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel
3. Darren Miller (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel: 5 with 2 more to go (Cook Strait for March 2013 and the North Channel for August 2013)
3. Forrest Nelson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel (both ways and two-way), Molokai Channel (both ways), Tsugaru Channel and Cook Strait
5. James Pittar (Australia): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar
5. Kevin Murphy (England): English Channel (34 times), Catalina Channel, North Channel (two times) and Strait of Gibraltar
5. Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty (India): English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar
5. Tom Hecker (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar
5. Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar (Molokai Channel scheduled for 2012)
5. T. Scott Coleman USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar
5. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden): Molokai Channel, English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel (Tsugaru Channel scheduled for September 2012, North Channel scheduled for 2012 and Cook Strait scheduled for 2014)
5. Craig Lenning (USA): North Channel, English Channel, Tsugaru Channel
13. Michael Miller (USA): Molokai Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel
13. Adam Walker (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel
13. Nick Adams (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel
13. Sakura Hingley (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel

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