Thursday, September 26, 2019

Jonathan Ratcliffe Crossed The Tsugaru Channel First In 2019

Courtesy of Channel Swim Japan, Tsugaru Channel, Japan.

45-year-old Jonathan Ratcliffe from the United Kingdom flew halfway around the world and became the first successful Tsugaru Channel swimmer of the 2019 summer season when he crossed in 11 hours 0 minutes on July 19th.

The Tsugaru Channel crossing was his 5th Oceans Seven channel crossing to date:
* August 2016, he completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 11 hours 59 minutes
* July 2017, he completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 14 hours 41 minutes
* August 2018, he completed a 42 km crossing of the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in Hawaii in 14 hours 9 minutes
* April 2019, he completed a 14.4 km crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 3 minutes
* July 2019, he completed a 19.5 km crossing of the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in 11 hours 7 minutes

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Claire Faranda Crosses The Tsugaru Channel

Courtesy of Channel Swim Japan, Tsugaru Channel, Japan.

Claire Faranda from France flew halfway around the world to start at 2:47 am on July 20th from Kodomari, Aomori Prefecture on Honshu.

After catching some good luck with the weather and conditions, she reached the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido after 9 hours 51 minutes 24 seconds crossing in the 22°C – 23°C water.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Luca Pozzi Swims Through The Night Across The Tsugaru Channel

Courtesy of Channel Swim Japan, Tsugaru Channel, Japan.

On August 30th, Luca Pozzi of Italy started in pitch blackness on the island of Honshu in northern Japan and completed a nightime crossing of the 19.5 km Tsugaru Channel along the Kodomari Route.

He finished at 7:44 am for a quick 8 hour 20 minute 58 second crossing.

His marine chart provided by his escort pilot and navigator on the left shows his route from the south on the island of Honshu, across the Tsugaru Channel as he rode the Tsugaru Current, towards the northern island of Hokkaido.

His route was a classic example of a successful S-curve crossing.

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Herman van der Westhuizen Succeeds Tsugaru Channel 2.0

Courtesy of Channel Swim Japan, Tsugaru Channel, Japan.

On August 30th, Herman van der Westhuizen of South Africa made a second attempt of the Tsugaru Channel in northern Japan along the Kodomari Route.

In September 2018, he attempted a crossing of the Tsugaru Channel along the same course, but he abandoned the swim after 12 hours.

This year on August 30th, he achieved his goal and completed the crossing in 10 hours 22 minutes in 23°C water - and now he has completed crossings of the English Channel, North Channel, Catalina Channel and the Tsugaru Channel in his Oceans Seven journey.

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