Wednesday, August 27, 2014

津軽海峡初泳!女性だけのチームで挑戦し成功した



"A First For The Tsugaru Channel. All-female Team Is A Success" video courtesy of Masayuki Moriya of Ocean Navi on the Tsugaru Channel in Japan.

The relay including Asano-san, Abe-san, Inoue-san, Kataoka-san, and Takahashi-san became the first all-female team to finish the Honshu-to-Hokkaido crossing. On August 21st, they crossed in 13 hours 44 minutes. The infamous Tsugaru Channel eddies off the Hokkaido shore can be seen at the 2:56 mark in the video.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Go West To Swim North To Hokkaido

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

We never understand why swimmers who attempt the Tsugaru Channel in Japan start from the eastern peninsula on Honshu. The currents, tides and eddies have proven time and time again to prevent swimmers from successfully crossing the Tsugaru Channel.

History has proven that the chances of success starting from the east in order to reach the northern island of Hokkaido are extraordinarily low.

In contrast, swimmers since David Yudovin and Steven Munatones in 1990 to the recent successes of Kimberley Chambers and Attila Mányoki have started on the western peninsula of Honshu.

With his 7 hour 29 minute crossing of the Tsugaru Channel last week, Mányoki continues to be a topic in the television news in his native Hungary. "Every day there was news about my days in Japan. On Saturday evening during the main news time, my swim across the Tsugaru Channel was reported and broadcast. It was also shown during the Sunday morning news shows too. And the TV stations are waiting for me [to return]."

The image above shows the typical course of swimmers who start from the eastern peninsula...before being pulled out.

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Attila Mányoki Across The Tsugaru Channel



Video courtesy of Ocean Navi, showing Attila Mányoki's fast 7 hour 29 minute crossing of the Tsugaru Channel between Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan.

Mányoki took a chance and departed Honshu from Tappi Misaki, something very few athletes attempt.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cápákkal úszott Mányoki Attila



Interview of Hungarian Mányoki Attila courtesy of tv2.hu about his swim across the Tsugaru Channel.

Mányoki Attila bravúros teljesítményt vitt véghez, ugyanis telesítette az Ocean’s Seven japán állomását, átúszta a veszélyes Cugaru-szorost. Magyarként először, de a világon is mindössze a tizenharmadik úszó, aki sikerrel teljesítette ezt a szakaszt. A zalaegerszegi sportoló a Mokkában elmondta, hogy sok veszéllyel járt a kísérlet. Két hajó is kísérte, így próbálták ugyanis távol tartani a cápákat az úszóktól. Attila elmondta, hogy egyszer még le is kellett állnia, ugyanis a parttól 4-5 kilométerre kettő, egyenként négy méteres cápa közelítette meg őket. A 37,1 kilométeres távot végül 7 óra 29 perc alatt teljesítette.

Attila Mányoki completed the Japanese leg of the Oceans Seven, a risky swim across the Tsugaru Channel. He was the first Hungarian to complete the swim and only the thirteenth swimmer to successfully cross this channel. The athlete from Zalaegerszeg Mokkában [in western Hungary] said there was a lot of risk in the attempt. He was accompanied by two escort boats in an attempt to keep sharks away. Attila said that the crossing was longer than anticipated by 4-5 kilometers while four-meter shark approached him. The 37.1 km swim was ultimately completed in 7 hours 29 minutes.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Attila Mányoki Flies Across The Tsugaru Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Attila Mányoki was accompanied by a crew from the largest Hungarian broadcasting company and did his country proud with a very fast 7 hour 29 minute crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in Japan.

The professional marathon swimmer had to wait a few days for a typhoon to pass so both he and the television crew were nervous that his window would pass. But when the typhoon turned away from Honshu, the post-storm calm was inviting. Mányoki took off fast from the shores of Honshu and never let down until he reached Hokkaido.

His time across the Tsugaru Channel was the third fastest of all time and the fastest since 1990.

The list of Tsugaru Channel swimmers is below:

* David Yudovin (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 11:56 (1990)
* Steven Munatones (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 6:11 (1990)
* Steven Munatones (USA) solo single crossing (Hokkaido-to-Honshu) in 6:39 (1990)
* Steven Munatones (USA) solo double crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido-to-Honshu) in 12:50 (1990)
* Miyuki Fujita (Japan) - solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 11:36 (2005)
* Miyuki Fujita (Japan) - solo triple crossing in 37:24 (2006)
* Masayuki Moriya (Japan) - solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 11:55 (2011 with wetsuit)
* Penny Palfrey (Australia) - solo single crossing (Hokkaido-to-Honshu) in 14:26 (2011)
* Darren Miller (USA) - solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 15:55 (2012)
* Stephen Redmond (Ireland) - solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 12:45 (2012)
* Michelle Macy (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 8:55 (2012)
* Forrest Nelson (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 9:26 (2012)
* Craig Lenning (USA) solo single crossing (Hokkaido-to-Honshu) in 10:44 (2012)
* Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 19:36 (2012)
* Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 19:11 (2012)
* Adam Walker (Great Britain) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 15:31 (2013)
* Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 9:38 (2014)
* Attila Mányoki (Hungary) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 7:29 (2014)

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