Steve Redmond’s Homecoming

If you are in Ireland, you know Steve is getting pretty great coverage and reception here in Ireland, as it should be. Many interviewers don’t really get it, you can hear the bemusement in their voices. But in fairness to them, those of us who are swimmers have trouble wrapping our heads around it. For…

Two men. Two Channels. Two Heroes

Stephen Redmond today made swimming history by becoming the first person to complete the Ocean’s 7 swim challenge after 12 hours 45 minutes. Around the world thousands were following Steve’s fourth Tsugaru Channel swim to complete the challenge, including a bunch of tense Sandycove swimmers at  Communications Central in Sandycove-on-Sea (aka Dover). And along with…

Monday Morning Similarities – Stephen & Lisa

I find a lot of similarity between Stephen Redmond’s fantastic Molokai Channel and Lisa Cummins’s two-way English Channel. Waiting for news and updates all through a Sunday afternoon and night. The trackers working intermittently or not at all, and hoping for more updates from the boat through third parties. The agonising last 10 hours, wondering where they…

Fundraising link for Stephen Redmund

Stephen’s Ocean’s 7 attempt is very expensive. He is getting a lot of support from friends and supporters in Ballydehob, but it’s a small town. And some people have asked here and elsewhere for fundraising links for Stephen. Stephen and his team have a fundraising page at Oceans7.org or on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/fundrazr/activity/70239dba72614435bed0f5ebe317093b?psid=2cc73523b23342a19ea7469cdad12d8e You can donate directly…

Stephen Redmond in Cook Strait tonight.

Irish Water Monster, Stephen Redmond rescheduled his remaining Ocean’s Seven swims during the winter. (I’d been meaning to ask him to write again about them). But anyway, he is currently in New Zealand for his first big swim of this year hoping tackling the Cook Strait hopefully starting at 5pm GMT tonight. Open water swimmers worldwide…

Stephen Redmond in Molokai tonight!

Stephen continues his extraordinary journey toward the Ocean’s Seven, after swimming Catalina Channel only last week, with the Molokai Channel, between Oahu and Molokai Islands in Hawaii beckons. It’s 26 miles wide. Go all the way Stephen! Molokai will be warm by our standards, but is known for jellies, sharks, winds & currents and big swells,…

Stephen Redmond completes Catalina Channel

He had a tough swim apparently, (those who know of Stephen know those words seem unusual together). Stephen is the first (and only) person to solo Fastnet Lighthouse. Fastnet might mean nothing to you, unless you are a sailor or Irish, but it’s some of the most fearsome open water in Atlantic coastal waters due…