Chris Kraus

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Brian Ross, Quinten Nelson, Chris Kraus, Ross Morrow, Rick Gaenzle (left to right) after a successful North Channel crossing
Christopher T. Kraus is an American open water swimmer from New York who has completed a 3-man North Channel relay crossing. The crossing was piloted by Quinten Nelson, together with fellow Americans Brian Ross and Rick Gaenzle 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.


3-man Relay

Kraus, Ross and Gaenzle consist of a renowned 3-man relay team based out of Connecticut in the United States. In addition to their successful relay across the North Channel (Ireland-Scotland), they also crossed the Strait of Gibraltar (Spain-Morocco), the English Channel (England-France), the Tsugaru Channel (Honshu-Hokkaido, Japan), and the Molokai Channel (Molokai-Oahu).

Oceans Seven

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.

Swim History

2011 Swims

2012 Swims

2013 Swims

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

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