Rohan More from Pune, Maharashtra, has become the first Indian and the youngest ever in the world to complete the arduous Ocean’s Seven Challenge. The challenge involves seven of the toughest ocean swims in the world.
With this challenge, the 32-year-old More has become the first Asian and ninth person in the world to have completed the Ocean’s Seven Challenge.
Owing to the unfavourable weather conditions, Rohan More started swimming across the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand at 9:30 a.m. on 9 February 2018. The water was reported to be calm for the initial five hours. Later, the temperature was recorded to be around 19 degrees Celsius. He had to face cold and chilly Antarctic currents to complete the swimming marathon.
More had completed a total of six of the Oceans Seven swims between 2014 and 2016:
- English Channel in 13 hours and 23 minutes
- North Channel in 12 hours and 43 minutes
- Catalina Channel in 10 hours and 17 minutes
- Molokai Channel in 17 hours and 28 minutes
- Tsugaru Strait in 10 hours and 37 minutes
- Gibraltar Strait in 3 hours and 56 minutes
Rohan More – Setting Records From An Early Age
At the age of 11, More completed his first marathon swim. Twenty years later, he conquered the Triple Crown in less than 11 months. In 1996, he also passed through ‘Dharamtar to Gateway of India Channel (35 km) in less than 8 hours.
Rohan was also awarded the ‘Tenzing Norgay Award’ from the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. President Ram Nath Kovind honoured him with the National Adventure Award for the category Water Adventure on 28 August 2017.
Twitter was full of messages congratulating Rohan More on this achievement.
No barrier is too high in front of your will. Bravo to #RohanMore, 1st Asian to complete Ocean's Seven Challenge, also the youngest & 9th in the world to complete it… You have made #India proud pic.twitter.com/zvroA92cgg
— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) February 12, 2018
So Proud of Rohan More – Pune for swimming across Ocean Seven. Rohan is the Youngest Swimmer and first Asian to do so!??#RohanMore
— Supriya Sule (@supriya_sule) February 11, 2018
The Ocean’s Seven Challenge
The Ocean’s Seven Challenge was conceived in 2008, by Steven Munatones who founded the World Open Water Swimming Association. It was developed on the lines of the Seven Summits challenges, where mountaineers have to climb the highest peaks in seven continents. The Ocean’s Seven Challenge includes:
- North Channel: It is a 21-mile water body which lies between Northern Ireland and Scotland that is characterized by the cold water, heavy seas, strong water currents and jellyfishes.
- Cook Strait: This 16 nautical miles swimming area between the North and South New Zealand shelters dolphins, sharks and cold chilly water.
- Moloka’I Channel: Also referred to as the Kaiwi channel experiences the ‘aggressive marine life’ lying between west coast of Molokai Island and the east coast of Oahu.
- English Channel: it is a 21 miles water body between England and France with the motto “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best”.
- Catalina Channel: the water body stretches between Santa Catalina Island and Los Angeles in California over 21 miles long. Similar to the English Channel, it has humble water conditions.
- Tsugaru Channel: Featured by the high winds and the choppy waves, the Tsugaru Channel is famous for its unpredictability. The water body covers 18 miles between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. However, the narrowest route is 12 miles.
- Strait of Gibraltar: it is relatively a short distance to cover but is characterized by the changing water conditions, temperature, heavy boat traffic and sharks. It is a 10-12 miles strait between Spain and Morocco.
Though most begin with the English Channel, there is no particular sequence that the swimmers have to follow to complete the Ocean’s Seven Challenge.