Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Doctor Is In The House

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

A day after the latest Japanese relay team crossed the Tsugaru Channel, Dr. Steven Minaglia from Honolulu, Hawaii is getting ready for his own solo Tsugaru Channel attempt.

From his hotel room on Tappi Misaki, he has been watching the whitewater and wind chop typically blow across the Tsugaru Current. Eddies, chop and marine life await the specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Hawaii who has crossed several channels in Hawaii and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Photo by Dr. Minaglia shows Honshu (Tappi Misaki*) in the foreground and Hokkaido (Shirakami Misaki*) in the background where the current typically flows quickly from west to east (left to right in the photo) unless it is punctuated with swirling eddies.

For more information on the Tsugaru Channel, visit Tsugaru Channel Swimming Association and Openwaterpedia.

Note: The Seikan Tunnel (青函トンネル) runs underneath the channel with a 23.3 km (14.5 mile) portion under the seabed very close to the optimal swimmer's course. The rail track is about 100 meters below the seabed and 240 meters below sea level.

* Misaki means point or cape in English.

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Now Swimming, Then Success After 9 Hours 51 Minutes

Photos and report courtesy of Ocean Navi.

Aya Iwata, Yukichi Usui, Ikuko Ono, Yasuo Naito, Hiroko Hachinoe and Peter Turberfield completed a 6-person Tsugaru Channel crossing from Honshu to Hokkaido in 9 hours 51 minutes this week in Japan.

The team traveled south to north, swimming from Honshu, the main island of Japan, across the Tsugaru Channel, to the northernmost island of Hokkaido. Their course was relatively straight, comparatively rare among Tsugaru Channel crossings, although they hit a challenging eddy towards the end.

Photo above was taken onboard Captain Mizushima's escort boat after landing in Hokkaido's Shirakami Misaki.

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