Conditions Change Suddenly at the Tsugaru Channel

Stephen Redmond’s team gathered early — just after midnight — at the port nearest Tappi Misaki for his third attempt at the Tsugaru Channel. A few clouds acted as thin blankets over the calm seas.

But little did Redmond and his team know that this tranquil setting was about to change.

For the first 2 hours, Redmond enjoy flat conditions with little hint as to what was coming. In the third hour, winds started to come up. By the fourth hour, it was howling, and the foam started to scream off of the seas. In the fifth hour, the seas came alive with anger.

By the sixth hour, it was downright dangerous and Captain Mizushima pulled Redmond from the water at 5 hours 58 minutes. The crew quickly started back to port with Redmond extremely disappointed.

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