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Oceans 7 Challenge

In 2019 I fell in love with Ocean swimming when we completed the English Channel.
 
I am now continuing the quest to conquer the Seven Seas! More precisely, I am accelerating my goal of completing the Oceans 7 Challenge.
 
It's a marathon swimming challenge consisting of seven open water channel swims. It includes the English Channel, the Molokai Channel, the Catalina Channel, the North Channel, the Tsugaru Strait,  the Strait of Gibraltar and the Cook Strait.
 
The journey so far…we have conquered 5 of the Oceans 7 swims. It has been amazing. 
 
We have met so many incredible people. As well as visiting so many incredible parts of the world, we have raised over  $900,000 (AUD) to help find a cure for cancer. To add, we have also worked hard building awareness around living and eating healthily. We have also been focused on simply encouraging people to proactively undertake health checks. There is no better cure than simple prevention.
 
Sarah, my wife is now over 3.5 years into her battle with Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. This means cancer presented in her lungs, parts of her skeleton, thyroid and brain. Since that day in September 2020, life in the Eade household has been very different. So…I swim to make a difference.
 
There is so so much more work to do, to not only raise money to continue to accelerate the fight against the disease, but equally importantly, to raise AWARENESS!

5 Swims In! Who Would Have Imagined?

 

What a feeling! 5 swims into this incredible journey. The swim window in Gibraltar was 7 days long. I was sure that this story was over. In my mind...we were going to miss the swim window in Gibraltar due to weather conditions. This would mean I would leave Tarifa with a second DNF (Arguably 1 'Did Not Finish' and 1 'Did not Start') in 2024. I was going to call ENOUGH on Oceans 7. 'I can't keep chasing these shadows around the world!'- said no ocean swimmer ever!  

The Gibraltar Strait had other plans. She wanted to show us her majestic beauty We got away! We swam the Strait on the very last day of our window! Amazing! The swim itself was just majestic! Sea life? We were joined by a pod of dolphins and a Sperm Whale!  Wow!

 

So, we MUST keep going. With Hawaii (My old friend) and Tsugaru remaining, the only way I get a ticket to go to Tsugaru is by getting Hawaii done.  The organisers of Tsugaru are open to Ocean 7 swimmers, only once you are at 6 swims completed.

What does the next 90 days look like? I need to address a left shoulder issue. Nothing major I think, just physiotherapy and maybe some technique refining. Then...we look to Hawaii. September-October are optimal months in terms of low winds. The swim is a test on many levels. I need to look at the crew. How many people is optimal? Who can we incorporate that has experience in Ka'iwi?

In the meantime, some calm and rest is the order.

Thank you for supporting the difference we are trying to make in the world. I'm excited to keep Channeling A Cause!

How can you not be romantic about ocean swimming? :-) 

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