Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ryan Utsumi Rips Off Fast Tsugaru Channel Crossing

Courtesy of Channel Swim Japan, Tsugaru Channel, northern Japan.

39-year-old Ryan Utsumi swam one of the fastest Tsugaru Channel crossings in history with an 8 hour 28 minute crossing in northern Japan.

Starting on the same day and same location at Kodomari, the San Francisco swimmer cut quickly across the Tsugaru Current on his third Oceans Seven crossing in the 15°C water, finishing near Shirakami Misaki on the Matsumae Peninsula in Hokkaidō.

Fastest Tsugaru Channel Crossings In History
1. Steven Munatones (USA) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 6 hours 11 minutes in 1990
2. Steven Munatones (USA) Hokkaido-to-Honshu in 6 hours 39 minutes in 1990
3. Attila Mányoki (Hungary) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 7 hours 29 minutes in 2014
4. Jorge Crivilles Villanueva (Spain) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 8 hours 28 minutes in 2017
4. Ryan Utsumi (USA) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 8 hours 28 minutes in 2018
6. Honoka Hasegawa (Japan) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 8 hours 31 minutes in 2016
7. Michelle Macy (USA) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 8 hours 55 minutes in 2012
8. Forrest Nelson (USA) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 9 hours 26 minutes in 2012
9. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 9 hours 38 minutes in 2014
10. Prabhat Raju Koli (India) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 9 hours 52 minutes in 2017
11. Toshio Tominaga (Japan) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 9 hours 58 minutes in 2016
12. Rohans More (India) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 10 hours 37 minutes in 2015
13. Craig Lenning (USA) Hokkaido-to-Honshu in 10 hours 44 minutes in 2012
14. Stephen Junk (Australia) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 11 hours 2 minutes in 2016
15. Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 11 hours 7 minutes in 2016
16. Cameron Bellamy (South Africa) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 11 hours 7 minutes in 2018
17. Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldova) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 11 hours 20 minutes in 2017
18. Guy Moar (Australia) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 11 hours 32 minutes in 2015
19. Miyuki Fujita (Japan) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 11 hours 36 minutes in 2005
20. Masayuki Moriya (Japan) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 11 hours 55 minutes in 2011 [wetsuit]
21. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 12 hours 38 minutes in 2015
22. Stephen Redmond (Ireland) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 12 hours 45 minutes in 2012
23. David Yudovin (USA) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 13 hours 10 minutes in 1990
24. Daniel Curtis (USA) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 13 hours 39 minutes in 2015
25. Adrian Sarchet (Guernsey) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 14 hours 2 minutes in 2017
26. Penny Palfrey (Australia) Hokkaido-to-Honshu in 14 hours 30 minutes in 2011
27. Adam Walker (Great Britain) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 15 hours 31 minutes in 2013
28. Elizabeth Fry (USA) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 15 hours 48 minutes in 2016
29. Darren Miller (USA) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 15 hours 55 minutes in 2012
30. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 19 hours 11 minutes in 2012
31. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) Honshu-to-Hokkaido in 19 hours 36 minutes in 2012

For more information on the Tsugaru Channel, visit the Tsugaru Channel Swimming Association site here.

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11 Hours To Complete South African, Oceans Seven History


Courtesy of Channel Swim Japan, Tsugaru Channel, northern Japan.

36-year-old Cameron Bellamy became the first South African and the 11th person in history to complete the Oceans Seven with an 11 hour 7 minute 28 second crossing of the Tsugaru Channel yesterday.

After a DNF across the Tsugaru Channel in October 2017, the South African came back and did a solid swim brilliantly cutting across the Tsugaru Current.

As he approached the northern shore of Hokkaido, he was able to continue a consistent pace in the 15°C water and the expectant eddies did not push he away from shore.

Bellamy may become the 11th person in history to achieve the Oceans Seven after Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Michelle Macy (USA), Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (UK), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldavia/Ireland), Rohan Dattatrey More, and Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic).

Bellamy's Oceans Seven record of success is as follows:

July 2012: he crossed the English Channel from England to France in 16 hours 29 minutes.
April 2015: he crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 1 minute.
November 2015: he crossed the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 11 hours 53 minutes.
July 2016: he crossed the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 22 minutes.
February 2017: he crossed the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in 17 hours 1 minute.
March 2017: he crossed the Cook Strait in a tandem swim with Steve Walker, finishing in 12 hours 44 minutes.
October 2017: he attempted a crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in a tandem swim with Steve Walker in the latest attempt on record.
June 2018: he crossed the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan in 11 hours 7 minutes.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cameron Bellamy Closing In On Oceans Seven

Courtesy of Channel Swim Japan, Tsugaru Channel, northern Japan.

Cameron Bellamy nearly halfway on his second attempt of the Tsugaru Channel. 14 km from Cape Kodomari, he is swimming in sloshy conditions and 16℃ water with a 3m eastern wind at a 1:44 per 100m pace.

In October 2017, the South African attempted a crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in a tandem swim with Steve Walker. But was thwarted by the cold conditions in the latest Tsugaru Channel attempt in history.

So he waited and trained. Today, he may become the 11th person in history to achieve the Oceans Seven* after Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Michelle Macy (USA), Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (UK), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldavia/Ireland), Rohan Dattatrey More, and Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic).

As Cameron gets closer and closer to Hokkaido in the north, the geological contours of the curving shoreline can cause huge, powerful eddies and Cameron will feel strong upwellings of much cold water," says Steven Munatones.

"The Tsugaru Current may also start getting faster and may push him towards the middle of the channel instead of closer towards the Hokkaido shore. It all depends on the winds.

So every kilometer, every hour, Cameron will face tougher, colder and rougher conditions. But so far his pace is excellent and the conditions are not abnormally difficult. His chances look excellent.
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* Solo crossings of the English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel.

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