Departing England


In the English Channel


Reaching France

Courtesy of Diego López Dominguez, English Channel.

After prepping with two marathon swims – the 57.9 km END-WET river swim in 11 hours 0 minutes on June 16th and the 32 km Stage 5 at the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in 8 hours 42 minutes on June 24th – Diego López Dominguez flew to England for an attempt at crossing the English Channel on July 6th.

He described his attempt, “It’s been a good week in England, with the sun out, moderate winds and good visibility. I got to attempt the English Channel on Friday night July 6th starting at 4 am and touched land in France after 11 hours 4 minutes. Despite the good weather conditions, the swim was challenging due to the several bad stings from jellyfish as well as strong currents as we were approaching France.”

After returning to New York happy and satisfied, his ultimate goals are still not complete.

He will prepare for his final leg of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by attempting a crossing of the Catalina Channel on August 16th. Then he will swim the 15 km Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Hong Kong and participate in the Antarctica ice kilometer before year-end, thereby completing his unprecedented Continents Seven.

Continents Seven is a series of 7 different, self-directed solo open water swims that is completed in all of the seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America. López has completed the Rottnest Channel Swim and the New Zealand Ocean Swims in Oceania, a Robben Island crossing in Africa, Lake Titicaca in South America, the English Channel in Europe, and planning the Catalina Channel (and many others) in North America, and will do the Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Asia and the Ice Kilometer in Antarctica.

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