Cook Strait

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Old map of the Cook Strait
noun - Cook Strait is a channel between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It is 16 nautical miles of cold, rough water swimming against strong tidal flows, sharks, and other abundant marine life. It is also part of the Oceans Seven challenge, seven mighty marathon swims around the world, and one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims.



Its solo swims are governed by Cook Strait Marathon Swimming, managed by Philip Rush.

First Crossing

27-year-old Barry Devonport was the first person to successfully swim across the Cook Strait when he crossed from North Island to South Island on 20 November 1962 in 11 hours 20 minutes.

Oceans Seven

The Oceans Seven consists of the following 7 waterways around the world, first proposed in June 2008 by Steven Munatones:

1. North Channel between Ireland and Scotland
2. Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand
3. Molokai Channel between Oahu and Molokai Islands in Hawaii
4. English Channel between England and France
5. Catalina Channel between Santa Catalina Island and then Southern California mainland
6. Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan
7. Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa

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