Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Professor Patrick McKnight thinks big.

He made two attempts at climbing Mount Everest in 2014 and 2015, and then turned his focus on completing the fastest Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in history.

At the age of 24, Rendy Lynn Opdycke completed her Triple Crown within 35 days in 2008. She first completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7 hours 46 minutes on July 5th, then the English Channel in 10 hours 54 minutes on July 27th, and the wrapped her Triple Crown up with a crossing of the Catalina Channel in 8 hours 28 minutes on August 9th.

The professor from Fairfax, Virginia wants to do the same – only one day shorter.

So far, he is on track with a 11 hour 4 minute crossing of the Catalina Channel on July 12th and a 12 hour 54 minute crossing of the English Channel on July 21st. He can claim the fastest Triple Crown in history if he completes a circumnavigation of Manhattan Island on the 20 Bridges Circumnavigation of Manhattan on August 15th.

For more information about 50-year-old Professor McKnight, read his blog here (Climbing On Purpose).

Professor McKnight is shown above with his support crew at the La Jolla Cove (Robin Hipolito and Linda Bamford).

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