To educate, entertain, and enthuse those who venture beyond the shore. Over 13,186 articles on solo swims, pro races, relays, charity events, eco-swims, stage swims, marathon swims, trends, products, services, personalities, coaches, governing bodies, rules, demographics, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics, exploits and happenings in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, canals, channels, fjords, estuaries, lochs, coves, firths, straits, bays, and harbors. Sponsored by WOWSA.org.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Conditions In The Tsugaru Channel
shores of the Tsugaru Channel yesterday when they first met in Tappi
Misaki in Japan.
“Couldn’t be better. I am ready to get this [channel swim] done with,” said the Irish swimmer who has already completed swims across the North
Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook
Strait and Molokai Channel. “And you?”
“I’m ready to go too. Let’s get it done,” replied the American who is also in the hunt to complete the Oceans Seven with the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar and Molokai Channel under his cap. “I’m clipped like I always do [before a swim].”
The conditions could not be more perfect for the two swimmers looking at add the Tsugaru Channel to their resume. For Redmond, the Tsugaru Channel will represent his last chapter of the Oceans Seven. “Oh, the people I have met around the world doing these channel swims have been wonderful.
From Forrest Nelson who never took his eyes off of me in a [$&#(?/) of a swim across the Catalina Channel to Philip Rush and the Irish community down in New Zealand. They were something else. They really took care of me. Philip covered every little detail and did not leave anything to chance. He knew what he was doing and the Irish people really look after one another.”
“It is such a special community of people. People like Linda Kaiser in Hawaii who really take up in and care for you. I swam Molokai 10 days after doing a tough swim across the Cook Strait. I couldn’t lift my arm after the Cook Strait. I mean Philip really pushed me. I flew straight to Hawaii after the Cook Strait, but I did not know how I was going to make it. It was tough. But Linda really took care of me. She had my days all planned out for me. She made me do an easy swim each morning, then a walk and a massage. She really knew what she was doing. She even had me walk during my recovery. The tropical warmth in Hawaii did wonders for my body. By the time my Molokai Channel attempt was going to start, Linda had whipped me back into shape. What a lady!”
Captain Mizushima of Japan will be escorting the men across the Tsugaru Channel. “The water can change quickly and today (Tuesday for Miller) and tomorrow (Wednesday for Redmond) are good. Then the weather turns [bad].”
Captain Mizushima, a tuna fisherman who once caught a 253 kg tuna, knows the Tsugaru Channel well as the primary escort boat captain of the Ocean Navi relay teams that plan to tackle the Tsugaru Channel this summer. “We have a team of 8 who will swim 20 minutes per leg,” said coach Masayuki Moriya. “And then another team of 6. Captain Mizushima really knows what he is doing. He never takes his eyes off the swimmer and stays closely alongside the swimmer the whole way. Safety is his primary concern.”
“We start at the first hint of daylight,” directed Captain Mizushima who told Miller and Redmond to be at his boat by 2:30 am. Because of the requirements of the local fishing cooperative, the swimmers have to finish by sundown. “We go during the longest days of the year, so the swimmers have the best chance of finishing. Sundown is time out – the swim is over because we are not allowed to swim at night,” explained Moriya. “If we start at 4 am, we have to be finished by 7:10 pm giving the swimmers 15 hours 10 minutes to cross the channel.”
Miller and Redmond will have a little more than 15 hours to cross the channel and write another chapter in his personal marathon swimming history.
Miller began at 4:10 am local time in 68 degree F. water in a bit of patchy seas. He was swimming into a slight current but it is predicted to change in a few hours.
Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source
A Thank You Gift from WOWSA
|WOWSA is celebrating the|
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.
Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB
Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.
Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.
WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...
The Other Shore
The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac
An Almanac for Open Water SwimmingAn almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.
This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.
But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.
In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...
Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:
The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.