Courtesy of Alexander Brylin, Sakhalin, Russia.

Alexander Brylin, president of Association of Cold Swimming in Russia, is organizing the International Swim across the La Pérouse Channel, an unprecedented 40 km international relay between Sakhalin Island, Russia and Hokkaido in northern Japan this summer.

Brylin explains, “The swim will be held July 15th – 20th 2019. The start is on Cape Crillon, Sakhalin’s southernmost point.

The finish is scheduled to be at Cape Sōya, the northernmost point of the island of Hokkaidō in Japan. Athletes from 15 countries of the world are ready to take part in the swim.

We studied the currents from the Russian side. We already swam in the area in Russian waters earlier this year. The currents change and the water is rather cold. We swam 13 km in 3 hours 26 minutes, but then it became very foggy and the sea was rough. The weather changes very quickly there.

We are recruiting swimmers now. Our motto is Sport, you are the world!

Interested and qualified swimmers who can handle rough sub-10°C water can email Irina Makarova of the Interregional Cold Water Swimming Association in Russia headed by Brylin at irmak_05@mail.ru with a cc to Steven Munatones at headcoach@openwatersource.com.

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