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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mo Gave It A Go In The Tsugaru Channel

After Mo Siegel's long season of success with 4 marathon swims under his belt in the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona, 3 marathon swims checked off in the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York, and the sixth person in history to complete the 20-mile swim in the P2P Swim (Cape Cod Bay Swim), Mo Siegel ventured overseas to Japan.

As he tackled the Tsugaru Channel, Siegel met the Tsugaru Current. "Around 9 am - 4.5 hours into the swim - the [Tsugaru] current shifted from due West to Southwest slowing our progress northwards.

Then the tide began flowing eastward from the Pacific Ocean into the Sea of Japan creating excruciating slow conditions - as slow as 800 meters per hour. Nine hours in, we had only covered about 40% of the distance to Cape Shirakami

After 11 hours 30 minutes and 22.65 km of impressing his Japanese crew and hosts with a stereotypical New York tenacity against the Tsugaru Current and eastward tidal flow, Siegel called it a day.

Video by Masayuki Moriya of Ocean-navi and the Tsugaru Channel Swimming Association.

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