Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pat Gallant-Charette Successfully Crosses The Tsugaru Channel

On her second attempt of the Tsugaru Channel, Maine resident and full-time nurse Pat Gallant-Charette successfully crossed in 19 hours 36 minutes under relatively calm conditions according to her blog.

She began the swim at 5:11 am on Tappi Misaki, the tip of the western peninsula of Honshu, and finished on Hokkaido 19 hours 36 minutes later as the water temperature fluctuated between 24-26.5°C (80°F).

Her blog reported, "She [was] stung over 100 times by jellyfish and even got bit several time on her fingers by small fish. Completing this swim is no small challenge! Luckily for Pat, she had 2 good friends riding in a boat alongside her providing nourishment and encouragement along the way!"

It was also reported that Anna-Carin Nordin is also still swimming through the night in her own separate attempt across the Tsugaru Channel.

There was controversy earlier this year because it was incorrectly reported that solo swims could not be attempted or completed during night - and that any swimmers attempting a swim at night would not be allowed by the Japanese Coast Guard. However, that misinformation was clearly refuted by the courageous swim by the 61-year-old Gallant-Charette who is now steadily moving up the Oceans Seven list.

Oceans Seven:

1. Stephen Redmond (Ireland): Completed English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel.
2. Penny Palfrey (Australia): English Channel (2 times), Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel: 6 with 1 more to go (North Channel to be decided).
2. Michelle Macy (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel: 6 with 1 more to go (North Channel to be decided).
4. Darren Miller (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel: 5 with 2 more to go (Cook Strait for March 2013 and the North Channel for August 2013).
4. Forrest Nelson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel (both ways and two-way), Molokai Channel (both ways), Tsugaru Channel and Cook Strait: 5 with 2 more more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
5. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel: 4 with 3 more to go (Cook Strait in February/March 2013, North Channel in September 2013)
5. James Pittar (Australia): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
5. Kevin Murphy (England): English Channel (34 times), Catalina Channel, North Channel (two times) and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
5. Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty (India): English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
5. Tom Hecker (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
5. Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (Molokai Channel scheduled for 2012).
5. T. Scott Coleman (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
5. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden): Molokai Channel, English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel: 4 with 3 more to go (Tsugaru Channel scheduled for September 2012, North Channel scheduled for 2012 and Cook Strait scheduled for 2014).
5. Craig Lenning (USA): North Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
5. Kathleen Wilson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
16. Michael Miller (USA): Molokai Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel: 3 with 4 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
16. Adam Walker (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel: 3 with 4 more to go.
16. Nick Adams (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel: 3 with 4 more to go.
16. Sakura Hingley (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel: 3 with 4 more to go.

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