Nachts Allein Im Ozean, Mein Weg durch die Ocean's Seven

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André Wiersig wrote Nachts Allein Im Ozean, Mein Weg durch die Ocean's Seven with Erik Eggers about his achievement of the Oceans Seven
André Wiersig completing a 14.4 km crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco and achieving the Oceans Seven. Photo courtesy of Dennis Daletzki
André Wiersig approaching the California coast at the end of his Catalina Channel crossing on 20 July 2016
André Wiersig after completing the Tsugaru Channel in Japan

Nachts Allein Im Ozean, Mein Weg durch die Ocean's Seven (English translation: Alone in the Ocean at Night, My Way through the Ocean's Seven) is a German-language book written by André Wiersig with Erik Eggers.


André Wiersig was the first German and the 16th person in history to complete the most demanding challenge in open water swimming: the Oceans Seven. Wiersig tells how he prepared for the seven channels in the world - and how he got to know and love the open ocean to the rhythm of the hour-long arm strokes, sometimes at night and all by himself. It took six years to cross the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Kaiwi Channel, the North Channel, the Tsugaru Channel, the Cook Strait, and the Strait of Gibraltar. He encountered sharks, dolphins, whales, and plastic garbage. During this time, Wiersig became the ambassador for the oceans and the German Marine Foundation. The story of a middle-aged family man and manager who, with his approach to life, is able to achieve unimagined physical and mental achievements.

André Wiersig

André Wiersig is a German open water swimmer, Hawaiian Ironman triathlete, marathon runner, and ice swimmer from Paderborn, Hamburg. He completed the Oceans Seven on 9 June 2019 and is a member of the International Ice Swimming Association.

2019 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Wiersig was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award with the following nomination:

André Wiersig is a Hawaiian Ironman triathlete, marathon runner and ocean advocate who became the first Oceans Seven swimmer from Germany. He completed the Oceans Seven after a steady six-year journey around the world including an 18 hour 26 minute turbulent crossing of the Molokai Channel and a swift 9 hour 44 minute crossing of the English Channel. His approach to taking on the seven channel challenges is brutally refreshing and pragmatic; he takes the lessons learned from facing currents, waves, jellyfish and sharks, and applies this tough and flexible mindset to his professional IT work and everyday activities on dryland that includes serving as an ambassador for the German Ocean Foundation and working towards reducing plastic pollution in the oceans. He teaches others valuable life lessons and shares his concepts of how to live an adventurous, eco-friendly life amid all the comforts in the modern world. For transitioning from a bicycle and running shoes to become a powerful channel swimmer, for his inspirational messages about the marine environment that he shares with his colleagues, fans and younger generations, for being a personable, knowledgeable ambassador of the sport and the Oceans Seven, André Wiersig is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

Open Water Swimming Career

Strait of Gibraltar

On 9 June 2019, he completed a 14.4 km crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in 4 hours 17 minutes, swimming between Spain and Morocco. Video produced by Dennis Daletzki.

Molokai Channel

On 15 October 2015, he completed a 42 km crossing of the Molokai Channel in 18 hours 26 minutes, finishing on Sandy Beach on Oahu escorted by pilot Mike Twigg-Smith, observer Jeff Kozlovich, kayaker Marcos Robaina, and crew Jürgen Peters and Guido Schneider.

Tsugaru Channel

On 11 July 2018, he completed a 19.5 km crossing of the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in northern Japan in 12 hours 55 minutes.

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