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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
2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.
The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.
The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.
Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.
The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."
Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme
Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]
Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland
Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance
Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute
The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:
* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
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