Sea Coast Relay in Japan to Set Off the Coast of Sakurajima, an Active Volcano

Sea Coast Relay in Japan to Set Off the Coast of Sakurajima, an Active Volcano

Masayuki Moriya of Channel Swim Japan has been guiding swimmers from Guam and Saipan to the Tsugaru Channel and Sado Channel in northern Japan for decades now.

But the COVID pandemic led to postponement of many open water swimming events, tours and races as well as solo and relay channel swims that Moriya was scheduled to lead, organize, and escort.

As Japan starts up open its border to a limited number of foreign visitors in June and the summer season may return back to somewhat normal entry regulations into Japan by foreign guests, Moriya is back at it in the ocean.

He is organizing the first Sea Coast Relay swim of the 2022 season on June 1st. He explains, “The team name is Ocean Dream with 11 swimmers who will take on the challenge. Due to the wind, we’ll push the sail time from 3:30 a.m. to about 4 hours later than usual, and we’ll wait for the wind to subside. If we can sail and the conditions are good, we’ll start on Kagoshima around 6:00 am.

Kagoshima is a seaside city on Japan’s southern Kyushu Island, best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. Once set on an isolated island, the volcano became connected to the Osumi Peninsula after an eruption in 1914.

Sea Coast Relay escort boat

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