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Seven Swims In The Seven Seas For 1 Reason

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Seven Swims In The Seven Seas For 1 Reason is a project and a Speedo diplomacy swim by Lewis Pugh conducted during August 2014 in order to put Marine Protected Areas on the global agenda. He is assisted in logistics by Major-General Timothy Patrick Toyne Sewell.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Pugh will undertake a marathon swim in each of the Seven Seas: 10 km in the Mediterranean Sea, 10 km in the Adriatic Sea, 10 km in the Aegean Sea, 10 km in the Black Sea, 10 km in the Red Sea, 10 km in the Arabian Sea, and a 60 km stage swim in the North Sea between 9-29 August 2014.

Swim Schedule

  • 10 km in the Mediterranean Sea: in Monte Carlo, Monaco (August 7-9 window)
  • 10 km in the Adriatic Sea: in Zadar, Croatia (August 10-13 window)
  • 10 km in the Aegean Sea: in Athens, Greece (August 14-16 window)
  • 10 km in the Black Sea: in Istanbul, Turkey (August 17-19 window)
  • 10 km in the Red Sea: Aqaba, Jordan (August 20-22 window)
  • 10 km in the Arabian Sea: Rass Al Hadd, Oman (August 23-26)
  • 60 km stage swim in the North Sea: London, United Kingdom (August 27-29) over 3 tides

Results

  • 10 km in the Mediterranean Sea: in Monte Carlo, Monaco on 9 August 2014 in 3 hours 33 minutes
  • 10 km in the Adriatic Sea: in Zadar, Croatia during August 2014 window in 3 hours 55 minutes
  • 10 km in the Aegean Sea: in Athens, Greece during August 2014 window in 3 hours 12 minutes
  • 10 km in the Black Sea: in Istanbul, Turkey during August 2014 window in 2 hours 48 minutes
  • 10 km in the Red Sea: Aqaba, Jordan during August window 2014 in 2 hours 57 minutes
  • 10 km in the Arabian Sea: Rass Al Hadd, Oman during August 2014 window in 3 hours 15 minutes
  • 60 km triple stage swim in the North Sea: London, United Kingdom ending 29 August 2014 over 3 tides

North Sea Stage Swim

The 60 km North Sea stage swim is from Southend-on-Sea, a small town on the North Sea, up the river Thames to Parliament in London where Pugh will deliver a petition to the British Prime Minister.

Objective

When Pugh reaches the Parliament in London after the North Sea stage swim, he will have swum 200 km among the most polluted and overfished bodies of water in the world. His campaign, Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason, will highlight the need for urgent action.

As the United Nations Patron of the Oceans, Pugh has a specific mission behind his swim: The United Nations is urging nations to set aside at least 10% of the world’s oceans as effective and well-managed Marine Protected Areas by 2020. Approximately 13% of the world’s land lies in protected areas, but less than 3% of the oceans are protected. Of that 3%, there is sadly in reality little protection.

Sponsorship Support

Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason is being supported by The Living Oceans Foundation, Seacom and The Oak Foundation.

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