From the tropics to the temperate zone, Penny Palfrey continues her path to the unprecedented.
Even though Palfrey trains in the warm waters of Queensland and just recently recovered from a 41-hour effort in an attempt from Cuba to Florida, she is preparing for the last stage of the Oceans Seven: the North Channel.
Palfrey is poised to swim the North Channel from Ireland to Scotland sometime between August 9th-15th. Although the summer has been cooler than expected, water temperatures in the North Channel are reportedly reaching 16°C (61°F) in some locations, a temperature on the highest end of the marine spectrum for the North Channel.
Along the way to her final swim of the Oceans Seven, she has completed the following swims:
Cook Strait (2006) 8 hours 26 minutes
Strait of Gibraltar (2006) 4 hours 31 minutes
Strait of Gibraltar (2010) 3 hours 3 minutes (single) + 8 hours 27 minutes (double)
English Channel (2006) 9 hours 16 minutes
English Channel (2007) 9 hours 7 minutes
Catalina Channel (2010) 10 hours 28 minutes
Molokai Channel (2011 – unofficial) 12 hours 7 minutes
Molokai Channel (2011 – official) 11 hours 40 minutes
Tsugaru Channel (2011) 14 hours 26 minutes
The overall record for the North Channel is held by Alison Streeter who crossed in 9 hours 54 minutes in 1988.
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