Tag: Yuko Matsuzaki

Pioneer Swim May Lead To Future Attempts

Courtesy of Ben Stubenberg from the Swim Marathon Turks & Caicos. Professional marathon swimmer Yuko Matsuzaki battled tough currents and chop to complete the first-ever swim from Sandy Point, North Caicos to Grace Bay in 6 hours 25 minutes. The 13 nautical mile (24 km) aquatic journey along the Caicos Cays started in calm waters at 6:50 am on July 2nd,

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Yuko Matsuzaki Is Big In Turks & Caicos

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Yuko Matsuzaki is big in Japan with newspaper columns and books on marathon swimming. But she is even bigger in Turks & Caicos where she completed an unprecedented 21 km crossing between the island of North Caicos and Grace Bay, Providenciales in 6 hours. “The governor came to the post-race ceremony,”

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It Only Hurts After

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Yuko Matsuzaki has swum as long as 33 hours non-stop and completed several dozens of professional marathon swims - some cold, some warm, many rough - during her lengthy 3-decade career. But today’s 21 km crossing between the island of North Caicos and Grace Bay, Providenciales in Turks & Caicos in the

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When Women Move Men And Mindsets

Women have often set the bar in the open water. No distance, no temperature seems out of reach for the fairer sex. It has happened in lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada, the Bering Strait, Beagle Channel, the Cayman Islands, and now it will happen in Turks & Caicos. Back in 1984, Canadian Christine Cossette attempted and completed an unprecedented 64 km

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The Floating Tribe Around The Globe

Novelist Pico Iyer calls his kind, The Floating Tribe. An Indian of blood and ancestry, Iyer was raised and educated in England, but has lived for decades in both Japan and the U.S.A. He is similar to the estimated 220 million individuals around the globe who live outside their country of origin. Like New Yorker Ned Denison in Ireland or Tokyoite Yuko

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Swimming With The Flying Dragon

It is only 19.5 km from shore to shore, a mere 12 miles at its closest point across the Tsugaru Channel. Comparing the times of the channel crossings of the 14 swimmers who have crossed the 21-mile English Channel, the 20.2-mile Catalina Channel and the 12-mile Tsugaru Channel, the average times are comparable: * English Channel = 13 hours 23 minutes *

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When Lightning Strikes

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Yuko Matsuzaki has dodged a fair number of lightning strikes during her long career spanning nearly 20 years of professional marathon swimming, but lightning finally caught up with her. A lightning strike hit her bedroom tonight at her apartment in Orlando, Florida. From the heavens to her room,

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