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."
* Solo crossings of the English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel.
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