Dan Downs Derwent

Dan Downs Derwent

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

En route to his attempt to complete the Oceans Seven, New York swimmer Dan Curtis is getting prepared by completing the 34 km Big Swim in Tasmania, Australia.

He cruised for 15 hours 57 minutes along the River Derwent from the New Norfolk Bridge to the Tasman Bridge, a swim that had not been completed over the last 39 years.

With the water expected to hover between 13-14ºC, his crew of Valerio Valli, Chris Guesdon, escort pilots Michael Manning and Harold Schiebel, safety chief Wayne Banks-Smith and Doctors Katharine and Daniel Owens saw Curtis swim over 5 hours more than his initial estimate.

It was a pretty remarkable effort — probably the most remarkable marathon swim I’ve seen in a very long time, and I’ve seen a few,” remarked Guesdon who has observed hundreds of events over his five-decade career.

It is that kind of determination, grittiness and gutsiness that will see Curtis through his Oceans Seven challenge.

Photo by Kim Eiszele.

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