Consider the hypothetical question:
If I go down to my local beach, swim out to the end of the pier, then turn around and swim back… Can I say, “I just attempted to swim around the world”?
Sounds crazy, right? But perhaps not so far-fetched.
Marathon swimmers often have vivid imaginations. In general, I’d say that’s a good thing. Where would we be if Captain Webb hadn’t had the crazy idea to swim across the Channel? The most talented and persistent among us might even actualize those dreams.
So here’s a humble suggestion: A “double-crossing attempt” of [insert channel or large Northern California lake of your choice] should not be reported as such after the fact unless the swimmer completes at least a single crossing. Likewise, a “triple-crossing attempt” is not that – until the swimmer completes at least a double crossing.
Perhaps, in the swimmer’s own mind (and even his crew’s), he is attempting a double crossing. But such an attempt does not occur in the public’s mind until the basic, single crossing has been achieved.
Likewise, I promise to refrain from taking credit for an “attempted swim around the world” after swimming out to the end of my local pier and back.