Congratulations to Antonio Argüelles from Mexico who tonight (03/08/2017) became only the seventh person to complete the Ocean’s Seven Swim. Antonio completed the North Channel swim from Donaghadee to Portpatrick in a time of 13 hours and 50 minutes. In preparation for his attempt Antonio has been staying in Pier 36 and joining the Donaghadee Chunky Dunkers swimming in and around the harbour.

Antonio is pictured here receiving his Chunky Dunkers Hat from the Dunkers themselves.

N.B. Ocean’s Seven consists of seven long-distance open-water swims, and is considered the marathon swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. It includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Stephen Redmond of Ireland was the first person ever to complete all seven swims. Since then, six others, including Antonio, have completed the septuplet: Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Michelle Macy (United States), Darren Miller (United States), Adam Walker[1] (United Kingdom), and Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand).