Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Channel Swimming With Masayuki Moriya



Courtesy of WOWSA and Ocean Navi, Tsugaru Channel and Sado Channel, Japan.

Since 2008, Masayuki Moriya has been training, preparing, planning, escorting, documenting and observing channel swims in the Tsugaru Channel (between Honshu and Hokkaido) and nearby Sado Channel (between Sado Island and the Honshu mainland) in northern Japan.

His prep work includes filing documentation (and following up) with the Japanese Coast Guard, working with the two fishermen's unions on both sides of the Tsugaru Channel, coordinating with the escort boat captains, observers, translators and support crew, coordinating the attempt preparations and start timetables, and seeing that the rules and traditions of the Tsugaru Channel Swimming Association are adhered to. After the 19.5 km crossings, he prepares official ratification documents and certificates, creates highlight videos, and reports to the various government authorities.

"It is an endless circle of work, especially since so many of attempts are made by teams and foreigners who do not understand the Japanese language," says Steven Munatones. "Moriya-san is the founder of Ocean Navi and Channel Swim Japan where he also organizes and leads ocean swim camps throughout Japan and the Pacific.

But it is the Tsugaru Channel where he has really developed channel swimming in the Far East between Honshu, the main island of Japan, and Hokkaido, the northernmost major island of Japan
."

While he has organized 112 Tsugaru Channel swims to date, his first attempt was in 2008 with Team24 TV relay. The sextet swam for 11 hours 56 minutes, but ultimately did not finish that year.

Masayuki Moriya's Tsugaru Channel Career Highlights
1. Team24 TV relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 11 hours 56 minutes on August 31st 2008
2. Team24 TV relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 12 hours 23 minutes on August 30th 2009
3. Masayuki Moriya (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 13 hours 40 minutes on August 16th 2010 (43 years)
4. Masayuki Moriya (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 11 hours 55 minutes on August 22nd 2011 (44 years)
5. Darren Miller (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 15 hours 55 minutes on July 10th 2012
6. Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 5 hours 29 minutes on July 13th 2012 (47 years)
7. Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 14 hours 32 minutes on July 14th 2012 (47 years)
8. Team Ocean Navi relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 38 minutes on July 24th 2012
9. Team Umio relay (Japan), Hokkaido-to-Honshu, DNF on August 23rd 2012
10. Kenichi Setsumasa (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 7 hours 30 minutes on September 8th 2012 (24 years)
11. Team Umidama relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 15 hours 23 minutes on September 22nd 2012
12. Brad Allen McVetta (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 17 hours 13 minutes on July 1st 2013 (40 years)
13. Team Ocean Navi relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 6 hours 44 minutes on July 12th 2013
14. Team Ocean Navi relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 13 hours 41 minutes on July 14th 2013
15. Team Umio relay (Japan), Hokkaido-to-Honshu, 12 hours 45 minutes on July 30th 2013
16. Team Hachinobe relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 6 hours 50 minutes on August 1st 2013
17. Adam Walker (UK), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 15 hours 31 minutes on August 12th 2013 (35 years)
18. Yesenia Cabrera Fuegos (Guatemala), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 13 hours 17 minutes on August 14th 2013 (40 years)
19. Team Kizuna relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 6 hours 40 minutes on August 23rd 2013
20. Chris Kraus + Brian Ross + Rick Gaenzle relay (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 11 minutes on September 10th 2013
21. Mo Siegel (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 11 hours 30 minutes on September 12th 2013
22. Santosh Manohar Patil (India), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 5 hours 0 minutes on September 24th 2013 (25 years)
23. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 38 minutes on July 3rd 2014 (37 years)
24. Team Okuda relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 9 minutes on July 16th 2014
25. Attila Mányoki (Hungary), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 7 hours 29 minutes on August 9th 2014 (40 years)
26. Team Ocean Navi relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 13 hours 44 minutes on August 21st 2014
27. Chitose Okugami (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on September 1st 2014 (46 years)
28. Team Hachinobe relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 51 minutes on September 15th 2014
29. Dr. Steven Minaglia (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on September 1st 2014 (41 years)
30. James Penrose (UK), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 15 hours 7 minutes 40 seconds on July 8th 2015 (63 years)
31. Guy Moar (UK), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 6 hours 0 minutes on July 9th 2015 (47 years)
32. Stephen Junk (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 1 hour 47 minutes 42 seconds on August 7th 2015
33. Chitose Okugami (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 4 hours 1 minute on August 9th 2015 (47 years)
34. Dr. Steven Minaglia (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 1 hour 47 minutes on September 20th 2015 (42 years)
35. Guy Moar (UK), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 11 hours 32 minutes 41 seconds on August 21st 2015 (48 years)
36. Team Uminchu relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 13 hours 33 minutes 24 seconds on September 5th 2015
37. Daniel Curtis (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 13 hours 39 minutes 10 seconds on September 7th 2015 (49 years)
38. Rohan More (India), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 10 hours 37 minutes 45 seconds on September 14th 2015
39. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 12 hours 38 minutes 26 seconds on September 15th 2015 (56 years)
40. Motoko Honma (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 13 hours 26 minutes 44 seconds on July 22nd 2016 (41 years)
41. Team Yajyu relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 13 hours 11 minutes 11 seconds on July 25th 2016
42. Team Kaikyooudanbu relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 18 minutes 31 seconds on September 7th 2016
43. Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on August 10th 2016 (51 years)
44. Abhejali Bernardova (Czech Republic), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 11 hours 7 minutes 58 seconds on August 12th 2016 (39 years)
45. Stephen Junk (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 11 hours 2 minutes 23 seconds on August 19th 2016 (55 years)
46. Honoka Hasegawa (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 8 hours 31 minutes 17 seconds on August 24th 2016 (18 years)
47. Toshio Tominaga (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 58 minutes 16 seconds on September 7th 2016 (73 years)
48. Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 4 hours 46 minutes 27 seconds on September 28th 2016 (47 years)
49. Beth French (UK), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 7 hours 8 minutes 13 seconds on July 3rd 2017 (39 years)
50. Brad McVetta (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 9 hours 0 minutes on July 5th 2017 (44 years)
51. Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldava/Ireland), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 11 hours 20 minutes 21 seconds on July 25th 2017 (39 years)
52. Jorge Crivilles Villanueva (Spain), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 8 hours 29 minutes 47 seconds on July 27th 2017 (46 years)
53. Hiroko Ashikawa (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on August 7th 2017 (25 years)
54. Paul Every (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on August 9th 2017 (53 years)
55. Team Basic (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on August 14th 2017
56. Claire Wilson (UK), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on August 16th 2018 (48 years)
57. Adrian Sarchet (Guernsey), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 14 hours 2 minutes 0 seconds on August 29th 2017 (42 years)
58. Union Dine relay, Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 10 hours 28 minutes 0 seconds on August 31st 2017
59. Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 12 hours 15 minutes 51 seconds on September 4th 2017 (52 years)
60. Team Redbear's relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 13 hours 32 minutes 0 seconds on September 6th 2017
61. Prabhat Koli (India), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 52 minutes 0 seconds on September 11th 2017 (18 seconds)
62. Team Gotenyama Triathlon (Japan), Honshu, DNS on September 13th 2017
63. Zdenka Krčálová (Czech Republic), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 9 hours 52 minutes on September 18th 2017 (32 years)
64. Thomas Pembroke (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 11 hours 12 minutes on September 20th 2017 (28 years)
65. Ryan Utsumi (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 8 hours 28 minutes on June 21st 2018 (33 years)
66. Cameron Bellamy (South Africa), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 11 hours 7 minutes 31 seconds on June 21st 2018 (33 years)
67. Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico) and Nora Toledano (Mexico), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 6 hours 20 minutes 52 seconds on July 1st 2018
68. Matías Ola (Argentina), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 3 hours 21 minutes on July 9th 2018 (33 years)
69. Dean Summers (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 12 hours 31 minutes 8 seconds on July 9th 2018 (58 years)
70. Andre Wiersig (Germany), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 12 hours 55 minutes 53 seconds on July 11th 2018 (46 years)
71. Andrew Hunt (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 10 hours 52 minutes 22 seconds on July 19th 2018 (57 years)
72. Tomonari Ogino (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 12 hours 5 minutes 50 seconds on July 19th 2018 (41 years)
73. Aleisha Riboldi, Lisa Batey, Youri Lavoine relay (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 18 hours 29 minutes 42 seconds on July 20th 2018
74. Team Hirayama-kaneidan (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 13 hours 16 minutes 53 seconds on July 30th 2018
75. Joelle Beard (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 3 hours 51 minutes on July 31st 2018 (30 years)
76. Thomas Pembroke (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 15 hours 1 minute 30 seconds on August 10th 2018 (29 years)
77. Nathalie Pohl (Germany), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on August 12th 2018 (23 years)
78. Lynton Mortensen (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 34 minutes 15 seconds on August 14th 2018 (54 years)
79. Matthias Kaßner (Germany), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 3 hours 28 minutes on August 18th 2018 (50 years)
80. Masaki Sugita (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 13 hours 18 minutes 43 seconds on August 19th 2018 (40 years)
81. Team 63 (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 10 hours 30 minutes on August 21st 2018
82. Dean Summers (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 9 hours 43 minutes on August 31st 2018 (58 years)
83. Team Sharks relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 10 hours 30 minutes on August 21st 2018
84. Denise Underwood, Enda Sinnott, James O'Connor, Peter Bolger, Sandra Goldsmith, Saskia Dodebier (Ireland), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on September 3rd 2018
85. Simon Olliver (New Zealand), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 11 hours 58 minutes 11 seconds on September 11th 2018 (54 years)
86. Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 12 hours 30 minutes on September 20th 2018 (54 years)
87. Herman van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 12 hours on September 20th 2018 (52 years)
88. James Penrose (UK), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 12 hours on July 10th 2019 (67 years)
89. Amy Hayes (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 2 hours on July 10th 2019 (35 years)
90. Martyn Webster (UK), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on July 11th 2019 (52 years)
91. Dean Summers (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on July 11th 2019 (59 years)
92. Takamasa Kojima (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 3 hours on July 19th 2019 (45 years)
93. Jonathan Ratcliffe (UK), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 11 hours 14 minutes 53 seconds on July 19th 2019 (45 years)
94. Team Mongolian Chop relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 7 hours 53 minutes on July 20th 2019
95. Claire Faranda (France), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 51 minutes 24 seconds on July 20th 2019 (29 years)
96. Marty Filipowski (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 13 hours 19 minutes 45 seconds on July 28th 2019 (55 years)
97. Matías Ola (Argentina), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 12 hours 55 minutes 25 seconds on July 28th 2019 (34 years)
98. Kieron Palframan (South Africa), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNS on July 31st 2019 (45 years)
99. Team Denise relay with Enda, James, Peter, Sandra, Saskia (Ireland), Honshu, DNS on July 31st 2019
100. Nathalia Pohl (Germany), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 10 hours 9 minutes 40 seconds on August 5th 2019 (24 years)
101. Kieron Palframan (South Africa), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 8 hours 49 minutes 5 seconds on August 5th 2019 (45 years)
102. Team Denise relay with Enda, James, Peter, Sandra, Saskia (Ireland), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 16 hours 37 minutes 45 seconds on August 6th 2019
103. Team Basic relay (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 11 hours 49 minutes on August 11th 2019
104. Marcia Cleveland (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 10 hours 11 minutes 2 seconds on August 19th 2019 (53 years)
105. Dina Levačič (Croatia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 7 hours 13 minutes 15 seconds on August 19th 2019 (23 years)
106. Matthias Kaßner (Germany), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 9 hours 45 minutes on August 21st 2019 (51 years)
107. Emre Erdogan (Turkey), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 16 hours 17 minutes on August 21st 2019 (36 years)
108. Team Ashiko (Japan), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 10 hours 48 minutes 17 seconds on August 30th 2019
109. Luca Pozzi (Italy), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 8 hours 20 minutes 58 seconds on August 30th 2019 (34 years)
110. Herman van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, 10 hours 22 minutes 37 seconds on August 31st 2019 (53 years)
111. Edie Hu (USA), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, DNF after 11 hours 33 minutes (44 years)
112. Dean Summers (Australia), Honshu-to-Hokkaido, after 5 hours 2 minutes (59 years)

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

Moriya-san has also organized 12 Sado Channel swims to date, starting in 2010 with his own Ocean Navi team. He has organized and oversaw 12 teams tackle the 40 km channel between Sado Island and the Hoshu mainland:

Masayuki Moriya's Sado Channel Career Highlights
1. Oceans Seven relay, 10 hours 50 minutes on June 21st 2010 (6 swimmers)
2. Oceans Navi team relay, 15 hours 10 minutes on June 21st 2010 (12 swimmers)
3. Ocean Navi team relay, 13 hours 13 minutes on June 18th 2013 (11 swimmers)
4. Ocean Navi team relay, 16 hours 35 minutes on June 18th 2014 (12 swimmers)
5. Ocean Navi team relay, 13 hours 34 minutes on June 25th 2010 (10 swimmers)
6. Team Basic relay, 16 hours 18 minutes 55 seconds on June 24th 2015 (17 swimmers)
7. Kaikyo Oden team relay, 10 hour 50 minutes on June 10th 2015 (10 swimmers)
8. Team Basic relay, 13 hours 1 minute on June 8th 2016 (10 swimmers)
9. Ocean Navi relay, DNF on June 21st 2010 (13 swimmers)
10. XAIBATTS team relay, 11 hours 31 minutes 21 seconds on May 30th 2018 (9 swimmers)
11. Ocean Navi relay, 13 hours 7 minutes 4 seconds on June 13th 2018 (9 swimmers)
12. Ocean Navi relay, 12 hours 24 minutes on June 12th 2019 (12 swimmers)

For more information on Ocean Navi, visit here.

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