From OpenwaterpediaRichard W. Gaenzle, Jr. is an American open water swimmer from Westport, Connecticut who has completed a 3-man North Channel relay crossing. The relay was piloted by Quinten Nelson and made together with fellow Americans Brian Ross and Chris Kraus on 7 August 2012 in a record-setting time of 10 hours 18 minutes from Ireland to Scotland in 13-16°C despite a high volume of jellyfish.
Kraus, Ross and Gaenzle consist of a renowned 3-man relay team based out of Connecticut in the United States. They have completed the following relays:
- North Channel (Ireland-Scotland)
- Strait of Gibraltar (Spain-Morocco)
- English Channel (England-France)
- Tsugaru Channel (Honshu-Hokkaido, Japan)
The trio are the only known relay that are attempting to complete the Oceans Seven. Kraus, Ross and Gaenzel have also completed numerous other open water swims, both as relay and singles, including double crossings of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay as soloists.
- 1975 to 1978. Swim team member, Woodland Hills Swim Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
- 1976 to 1990. Recreational swimming, Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA.
- 1982 to 1986. Recreational swimming and Water Polo, Binder Gymnasium pool, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York USA.
- 1986 to 2008. Recreational swimming, New York Athletic Club, New York, New York, USA.
- 1988 to 2010. Participant in the annual Greenwich One Mile Swim at Tod’s Point, Greenwich, Connecticut USA.
- 1992 to 2010. Participant in the annual Island Beach Two Mile Swim. Greenwich, Connecticut USA.
- 1992 to 1998. Participant in the NYAC’s annual 12 mile marathon swim, New York Athletic Club, New York, New York USA.
- 1995 to 2010. Participant in the annual Westport/Weston YMCA Compo Beach One Mile Swim. Westport, Connecticut USA.
- 2005 to 2010. Participant in the annual Madison Mile Swim. Madison, Connecticut, USA.
- 2006 to 2010. Participant in the annual Sharkfest and/or Alcatraz Challenge Swims. San Francisco, California USA
- 2006. English Channel, Dover, England to Cap Gris Nez, France. 5-man relay event. 11 hours 26 minutes.
- 2007 to 2011. Participant (fall, winter and spring) in the Country Club of Virginia Polar Bear Club. 25 yard and 25 meter outdoor pool training. Richmond, Virginia USA
- 2009. Boston Light Swim, 8 mile open water swim. 2 man relay event. 3 hours 44 minutes. Boston Massachusetts USA.
- June 2011 - Madison Mile Swim. Madison, Connecticut USA
- June 2011 - Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim. San Francisco, California USA
- July 2011 - Compo Beach Mile Swim. Westport, Connecticut USA
- July 2011 - Greenwich Mile Swim. Greenwich, Connecticut USA.
- July 2011 - Strait of Gibraltar – Relay – Single Crossing
- June 2012 - Alcatraz Waterworld – Around the Rock Swim. San Francisco, California, USA
- August 2012 - North Channel, Ireland – Relay – Single Crossing – 10:18 – Fastest relay crossing ever.
2013 Swims (Planned)
- June 2013 - Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim. San Francisco, California USA
- June 2013 - Madison Mile Swim. Madison, Connecticut USA
- July 2013 - Compo Beach Mile Swim. Westport, Connecticut USA
- July 2013 - Greenwich Mile Swim. Greenwich, Connecticut USA
- July or August 2013 - Tsugaru Channel, Japan
Tsugaru Channel Relay
Video of Chris Kraus, Rick Gaenzle and Brian Ross relay crossing of the Tsugaru Channel courtesy of Masayuki Moriya of Ocean-navi and the Tsugaru Channel Swimming Association
- Trio Tackles North Channel Soon Upon Arrival
- Open Water Swimming
- Connecticut Mermen On Their Way To The Oceans Seven
- The Tsugaru Channel - 2013 Season
- Tackling The Tsugaru
- Challenging The Oceans Seven In Asia
- Luci Can Help Across The Tsugaru Channel
- Oceans Seven Relay Style
- The Water Looks So Calm
- Connecticut Trio Makes It Five-for-Five
- Gilbert Global Equity Partners