Monday, September 17, 2012

Anna Carin Nordin Completes The Tsugaru Channel

Like her American counterpart Pat Gallant-Charette, Anna Carin Nordinfailed on her first attempt at swimming from the Eastern Peninsula in the Tsugaru Channel. Not wanting to travel all the way to Japan without a success, the women decided to stick around and change tactics.

"We always encourage those who attempt the Tsugaru Channel to swim from Kodomari or Tappi Misaki on the Western Peninsula of Honshu," explained Steven Munatones who did a two-way crossing in 1990 after studying the currents with the engineers who designed and built the Seikan Tunnel that runs underneath the Tsugaru Channel.

"To swim from the Eastern Peninsula is so much tougher and a much higher risk, especially in the south-to-north direction. We want to give people the highest chance of success, especially because they are traveling so far to get to Japan. From David Yudovin in 1990 to Darren Miller, Forrest Nelson, Michelle Macy, Pat Gallant-Charette and Stephen Redmond in 2012, the course from the Western Peninsula is most definitely the way to go due to the prevailing currents and lay of the land."

While most of the swimmers usually take off from Kodomari Peninsula to gain the benefit from the west-to-east current, Gallant-Charetteand Carin Nordinstarted from Tappi Misaki. This is a much riskier attempt that was previously only attempted by Munatones in 1990. "The currents whipping around Tappi Misaki are generally the fastest in the entire channel. It is most definitely the shortest distance to cross the channel, but it is also the most challenging with the speed of the currents. You have to swim fast, very fast, to cut across that Tsugaru Current."

But Gallant-Charetteand Carin Nordin are not among the leading Ocean Seven candidates for being timid. The risk-taking women were fully committed to going for it and decided to tackle the channel from Tappi. Right from the beginning, both women were pushed easterly as they moved across the channel, swimming at approximately a 45° angle. For every stroke taken forward, they were being pushed to their ultimate destination of Hokkaido, but the Tsugaru Currenthas pushing them as far easterly as they were swimming in the northern different.

But just as Gallant-Charette finished in 19 hours 36 minutes, the 41-year-old Swedish marathoner finished in 19 hours 11 minutes. She has now finished the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar and the Tsugaru Channel to complete 5 of the 7 channels of the Oceans Seven.

5 down...2 to go.

The current Oceans Sevenlist is as follows:

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).
4. Anna-Carin Nordin(Sweden): Molokai Channel, English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel: 5 with 2 more to go (North Channel scheduled for 2012 and Cook Strait scheduled for 2014).
7. James Pittar (Australia): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced). 7. 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).
7. Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty (India): English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced). 7. Tom Hecker (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
7. 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).
7. T. Scott Coleman (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
7. Craig Lenning (USA): North Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
7. Kathleen Wilson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar: 4 with 3 more to go (remaining schedule unannounced).
7. 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) .
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.
16. Jaimie Monahan (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel and Strait of Gibraltar: 3 with 4 more to go.

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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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