Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tsugaru Channel Crossing Completed by International Team

Video courtesy of Ocean Navi across the Tsugaru Channel in Japan.

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 in Japan.

The team escorted by Captain Mizushima landed on Hokkaido's Shirakami Misaki after swimming south to north 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.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

David Yudovin Inspires The Yudovin Award

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

For years, he toiled in the world's oceans with minimal publicity and little public recognition.

For decades, he continued to rake up an impressive list of successful swims that pioneered courses across many channels.

Stroke after stroke, mile after mile, hour after hour including through the Tsugaru Channel, he swam through cold, warm, rough, calm, salty and sharky waters, escorted by his wife, enabled by his co-workers, and constantly supported by his family.

The reputation and talents of David Yudovin were well-known among the small niche of marathon swimmers and channel swimmers in the 20th century, but his exploits are only now becoming widely acknowledged by those who follow in his wake.

Yudovin was not only inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame this year, but he also became the namesake of an award: the Yudovin Award.

The Yudovin Award is awarded by the Marathon Swimmers Federation as part of its MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards that also include the Solo Swim of the Year (to honor the single most outstanding marathon swim of the year), the Barra Award (to honor the most impressive year of marathon swimming), and the Service to Marathon Swimming Award (to honor individuals who have selflessly given their time and energy to advance, enrich, and support the sport of marathon swimming).

The Yudovin Award honors the single most adventurous swim of the year as voted upon by the MSF membership. The MSF explains its newest award, "The Yudovin Award is meant to recognize the spirit of adventure, the most interesting swim, or the most unusual swim."

In the twilight of his 4-decade career, Yudovin continues to add luster to the sport.

To nominate individuals for this award, post here.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Kelly Gneiting To Pull Double Duty In Japan

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Kelly Leo Gneiting, a father of 5 children from Rexburg, Idaho, is the five-time American sumo wresting champion.

Known as the Man of Fat Steel, Gneiting will represent the United States as an athlete and coach at the 20th annual World Sumo Championships in late August in Japan.

But along the way to cross the Pacific Ocean to the world's fiercest sumo wrestlers, he is going to also attempt to swim across the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido the week before.

His attempt is within his capabilities as he has crossed Bear Lake in Utah in 16 hours 13 minutes and gave it a good shot in an attempt of the Anacapa Channel this year. Leo has the heart of a lion.

To help Gneiting along his way, visit Go Fund Me.

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