Bárbara Hernández Huerta: Tsugaru Channel Swim Set for Tomorrow

Bárbara Hernández Huerta: Tsugaru Channel Swim Set for Tomorrow

Tomorrow at 4 AM, Bárbara Hernández Huerta from Chile will take on the challenge of swimming the Tsugaru Channel. Bárbara’s journey to this point has been marked by numerous triumphs in some of the most challenging marine environments across the globe, including the Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, English Channel, Molokai Channel, North Channel, and Cook Strait. Completing the Tsugaru Channel will be the final triumph in her Oceans Seven journey.

The Tsugaru Strait, located between Honshu and Hokkaido, features a fast current flowing from the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean. The approximately 30-kilometer course from Kodomari Cape in Nakadomari Town to Fukushima Town in Hokkaido is part of the Oceans Seven and is notorious for its demanding conditions and strong currents, offering one of the most exhilarating challenges for open water swimmers worldwide.

See currents here

The team supporting Bárbara includes pilot Yoshimi Kawayama, observer Haruyuki Ishii, and supporters Jorge Eduardo Andres Villalobos Rosas and Nora Haide Toledano Cadena – much expertise and dedication to guide Bárbara through this demanding swim.

The swim will proceed under strict conditions: it will be canceled if the wind speed at the Tappi Lighthouse exceeds 10 m/sec or if the wave height exceeds 2 meters. The final decision will be made by the boat pilot. Weather here.

A special thanks to Ishii-san and his team for making this attempt possible and for their continuous efforts in working with Nakadomari Town to keep Tsugaru alive as an Oceans Seven crossing.

Bárbara, we wish you and your team all the best for a successful swim. May the currents be ever in your favor!

Stay tuned for updates and track Bárbara’s progress live here.

Bárbara Hernández Huerta – Chile

June 13th to 17th 2024
Pilot: Yoshimi Kawayama
Observer: Haruyuki Ishii
Support: Jorge Eduardo Andres Villalobos Rosas, Nora Haide Toledano Cadena

DateSwimAgeTime
August 10, 2018Strait of Gibraltar3203:05:00
June 5, 2019Catalina Channel3310:11:41
August 2, 2019English Channel (CSPF)3312:13:00
May 23, 2021Molokai Channel3515:41:00
July 22, 2022North Channel3612:19:36
March 1, 2023Cook Strait3708:16:00

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