Nachts Allein Im Ozean, Mein Weg durch die Ocean's Seven
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 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
- On 4 August 2014, he completed the 26.4 km International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen in Switzerland in 6 hours 44 hours 20 minutes.
- On 2 September 2014, he crossed the 33.5 km English Channel in 9 hours 44 minutes under the auspices of the Channel Swimming Association escorted by Reg Brickell on the Viking Princess
- 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.
- On 28 August 2016, he completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 16 minutes 22 seconds.
- On 20 July 2016, he completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from the Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 9 hours 48 minutes 24 seconds.
- 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.
- On 1 May 2018, he completed a 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait from North Island to South Island in 8 hours 2 minutes.
- On 9 June 2019, he completed a 14.4 km of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 17 minutes to achieve the Oceans Seven.
- He wrote 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) with Erik Eggers in 2020.
Strait of Gibraltar
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.
- The Unprecedented Adventure to Helgoland by André Wiersig
- Awards, Honors Of The International Swimming Hall Of Fame
- 2020 WOWSA Awards – World Open Water Swimming Man Of The Year Nominees
- Nachts Allein Im Ozean, Mein Weg durch die Ocean’s Seven
- Nachts Allein Im Ozean
- 2019 WOWSA Award Winners Announced
- Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira Is 2019 World Open Water Swimming Man Of The Year
- André Wiersig Across The Strait Of Gibraltar By Dennis Daletzki
- André Wiersig Becomes First German To Complete The Oceans Seven
- Attila Mányoki Completes Oceans Seven With A North Channel Crossing
- JUST GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
- International Ice Swimming Association
- André Wiersig Completes Tough Molokai Channel Crossing
- LongSwimsDB profile
- André Wiersig Facebook page
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- André Wiersig Shows What's Offshore In Molokai
- When All Eyes Look North
- Challenging Channel Crossings With Michael Twigg-Smith
- Awesome André, Wiersig In The Water
- Paderborn extreme swimmer has swam through Santa Catalina Channel
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- André Wiersig Crashes Upon The California Coast
- Michael Twigg-Smith On Molokai Channel Crossings
- André Wiersig Completes 5th Oceans Seven Channel
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