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Friday, April 5, 2013

Atlantic Crossing 4 - You Can't See Where You Are Going

Jennifer Figge and her crew on the Atlantic Crossing 4 are getting ready to shove off Cape Verde off the coast of western Africa to attempt a continuous stage swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

The winds are too high today and tomorrow so no one has left the harbor on Cape Verde. Her plan is to sail to the Island of Brava on Saturday or Sunday and finally dive in slack tide on Monday, April 8th morning to start her Atlantic Crossing 4.

With the aim of swimming daily, Figge has assembled the following crew members:

Captain Tamas Hamor, First Mate Sara Hajdu, Engineer Zoltan Hamor, Filmmaker Zoltan Vad-Horvath, Dr. Ewa Gorszczyk, Weather Specialist Nick Bilinski, and PR Specialist Alison Margo (located in Colorado).

We asked Figge who will not touch land for several weeks questions about how she gathered her crew:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you select your crew?
Figge: It was by chance here in Mindelo Harbor in 2009 when a diver from the United States decided that he could not cross the Atlantic Ocean. I posted a sign and Tamas Hamor from Hungary came to the boat. He was my rescue diver in 30 foot seas. Surrendering to fate is the first step you take toward the water's edge.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Have the crew known each other before?
Figge: Oh yes, we know one another. Five ocean crossings, over 12,000 miles drifting for 150 days, celebrating birthdays, New Year's Eve, and adventure on the high seas are our common ties. The longest sail with my family ever was 2 weeks [in comparison]. But we have one new member, Ewa, a pediatrician from Poland which is perfect since my mental age is 8!

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Any problems that you foresee?
Figge: This sport is a bit like life itself. You can't see where you are going, but you must just keep going. It is about loving the sea and yielding to her whims and power. All on board seem to understand that and all goes well.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How do you keep it all together,yourself?
Figge: It is harder to keep everything together on land. Life is simpler without trappings of the modern world. It is the way it was. The real question is how does Tamas keep it together? The worst thing that can happen to a captain is a man-overboard situation in the middle of an ocean. He has a woman overboard every day, all day. His answer would be....the Friday night crew poker games help. That is when I take the helm.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is the estimated duration of the swim?
Figge: The last Atlantic Crossing was 31 days. I cannot say for sure as it depends on the wind and current.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Will you report your daily progress and distance traveled?
Figge: Aspen Times writer Alison Margo will post the data daily or almost daily, depending on our satellite phone and time zones on my website.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is the cost of this adventure?,br/> Figge: Swim cap and goggles are $35, savings on airfare is about $3,000, and swimming across the Atlantic is priceless.

Her Atlantic Crossing 3 data is as follows:

Day 1 (April 21) swam 4.12 nm from Brava at 5:00 am, drifted 67.7 nm in 78ºF (25.5ºC) water in 15-18 knot winds and a counter current and jellyfish
Day 2 (April 22) swam 2.98 nm at 2:00 am, drifted 73.6 nm in 79ºF (26ºC) water in 8-10 foot choppy seas with 18-20 knot winds and a huge white tip shark
Day 3 (April 23) swam 4.0 nm at 5:15 am, drifted 62.2 nm in 80ºF (26.6ºC) water in 10-14 foot choppy seas with 20-22 knot winds
Day 4 (April 24) swam 6.03 nm at 5:35 am, drifted 70.6 nm in 81ºF (27ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas with 14-16 knot winds
Day 5 (April 25) swam 6.35 nm at 6:00 am, drifted 56.4 nm in 81ºF (27ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas with 14-16 knot winds and bad visibility due to very cloudy conditions
Day 6 (April 26) swam 6.6 nm at 6:00 am, drifted 57.7 nm in 81ºF (27ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas with 14-16 knot winds
Day 7 (April 27) swam 8.27 nm at 5:25 am, drifted 69.1 nm in 82ºF (27.7ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas with 14-16 knot winds with jellyfish stings to face and giant, aggressive pilot whale
Day 8 (April 28) swam 8.42 nm at 5:15 am, drifted 63.4 nm in 82ºF (27.7ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas with 14-16 knot winds with a big shark under the boat
Day 9 (April 29) swam 8.85 nm at 5:30 am, drifted 68.4 nm in 82ºF (27.7ºC) water in 4-6 foot seas with 10-12 knot winds with 3 huge fins, probably pilot whales, 1st fuel transfer from pillow tanks
Day 10 (April 30) swam 7.45 nm at 4:45 am, drifted 58.7 nm in 81ºF (27ºC) water in 5-7 foot seas with 12-14 knot winds with a a bunch of pilot whales
Day 11 (May 1) swam 6.16 nm at 4:00 am, drifted 63.2 nm in 81ºF (27ºC) water in 8-10 foot seas with 12-14 knot winds with jellyfish and avoiding a long line
Day 12 (May 2) swam 9.24 nm at 5:30 am, drifted 61.3 nm in 82ºF (27.7ºC) water in 8-10 foot seas with 12-14 knot winds with a pod of dolphins
Day 13 (May 3) swam 8.65 nm at 4:15 am, drifted 80.1 nm in 82ºF (27.7ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas with 12-14 knot winds with a curious shark and Portuguese man o war stings
Day 14 (May 4) swam 7.62 nm at 4:35 am, drifted 64.5 nm in 82ºF (27.7ºC) water in 10-12 foot seas with 14-16 knot winds with jellyfish and Portuguese man o war stings
Day 15 (May 5) swam 11.45 nm at 5:50 am, drifted 61.9 nm in 81ºF (27ºC) water in 12-16 foot seas with 20-22 knot winds, huge rollers
Day 6 (May 6) swam 11.93 nm at 5:55 am, drifted 72.1 nm in 82ºF (27.7ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas with 14-16 knot winds
Day 17 (May 7) swam 11.33 nm at 5:10 am, drifted 76.4 nm in 82ºF (27.7ºC) water in 12-18 foot seas with 18-22 knot winds and huge rollers
Day 18 (May 8) swam 11.32 nm at 4:50 am, drifted 74.6 nm at 83ºF (28.3ºC) water in 10-12 foot seas with 18-20 knot winds and strong current
Day 19 (May 9) swam 8.21 nm at 5:00 am, drifted 74.8 nm in 83ºF (28.3ºC) water in 10-12 foot seas with 20-22 knot winds
Day 20 (May 10) swam 9.66 nm at 5:40 am, drifted 69.4 nm in 83ºF (28.3ºC) water in 8-10 foot seas and 16-20 knot winds, 2nd fuel transfer from pillow tanks
Day 21 (May 11) swam 7.98 nm at 4:00 am, drifted 80.6 nm in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas and 14-16 knot winds
Day 22 (May 12) swam 4.46 nm at 2:10 am, drifted 85.3 nm in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas and 16-18 knot winds with Portuguese man o war stings
Day 23 (May 13) swam 10.43 nm at 4:40 am, drifted 77.3 nm in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water in 10-12 foot seas and 18-22 knot winds with Portuguese man o war stings
Day 24 (May 14) swam 8.25 nm at 4:20 am, drifted 83.1 nm in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water in 12-16 foot seas and 20-24 knot winds and constant Portuguese man o war stings
Day 25 (May 15) swam 11.31 nm at 3:45 am, drifted 91.5 nm in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water in 10-12 foot seas and 16-18 knot winds with constant Portuguese man o war stings
Day 26 (May 16) did not swim due to heavy rain and no visibility. Too risky to swim in 14-18 knot winds
Day 27 (May 17) swam 8.59 nm at 5:35 am, drifted 73.1 nm in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas and 16-20 knot winds and very green water from the Amazon
Day 28 (May 18) swam 14.22 nm at 5:25 am, drifted 84.4 nm in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water in 4-6 foot seas and 12-16 knot winds and very green water from the Amazon,br/> Day 29 (May 19) swam 12.29 nm at 4:10 am, drifted 87.3 nm in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water in 6-8 foot seas and 12-16 knot windds with big unidentified fish jumping and strong currents
Day 30 (May 20) swam 7.47 nm at 3:00 am, drifted 104.2 nm in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water in 4-6 foot seas and 10-14 knot winds with rain and clouds
Day 31 (May 21) swam 7.08 nm at 1:30 am and arrived at Gran Riviere in Trinidad in 84ºF (28.8ºC) water and 4-6 foot seas and 10-14 knot winds under a very strong current

The total stage swim took 31 days from Brava to Trinidad with 250.72 nm of swimming and 2,186.8 nm of drifting

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

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Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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