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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Jennifer Figge And Crew Safely Traverse The Atlantic
Sharks, jellyfish, waves, winds, currents; the elements that can be a catalyst for danger are well-known in the open water swimming community.
And the further away from shore the adventure is staged, the greater those elements loom over the safety of the swimmer and crew.
Jennifer Figge of Colorado certainly takes her swims to the extreme limit as she attempted once again to conduct a continuous stage swim across the Atlantic Ocean with a small crew and one escort boat. It was certainly an adventure as the preliminary reports of her daily swims shows below.
In summary, Figge swam a total distance of 257.5 nautical miles (477 km) over the course of 32 days (her unofficial record that is undergoing confirmation is below for reference).
The Colorado resident departed from Cape Verde off the coast of west Africa on April 8th and landed on the shores of Antigua in the Caribbean sea on May 9th escorted the entire distance by her escort boat Pearl under the leadership of Captain Tamas Hamor and First Mate Sara Hajdu.
Her crew was happy to announce that the nearly ideal conditions allowed Figge to swim every single day they were out at sea. Furthermore, she was to beat her mileage from her third stage swim (called AC3) of 250.7 nautical miles in total. "With every crossing it just keeps getting better and better," Figge said in a phone call from Antigua. "We added a GPS locator on my ankle on the second day in case that I got separated from the boat, but things went well. But this is really a gift that I was able to swim every day. I think I want to cross the Caribbean next, from Antigua to Mexico just so I can connect the dots."
"Early in the swim on April 17th, I saw some super unique jellyfish that looked like a segmented colon, outlined in purplish red, the length and diameter of my leg. In five ocean crossings of the Atlantic, it is the first one I have ever seen something like this. At other times, the Atlantic was like a giant swimming pool. I saw fins, thousands of tuna, big marlins deep under me, encountered some Portuguese man o war, dolphin, mahi-mahi, tons of fish, a humpback whale, 5 pilot whales, and swam through 2 time zones.
The humpback whale was approximately 40 feet and 50,000 lbs, although we didn't weight him...the whale surfaced right next to the boat, about 20 feet from me. He showed off for us with tale slapping, fin waving and jumping and rolling for about half an hour. It was absolutely thrilling." A thrilling adventure to say the least.
Her unofficial record of the continuous stage swim is below:
April 8: swam 2.7 nm in 1.5 hours under 25-33 knots and 15' choppy seas, 73ºF
April 9: swam 6.2 nm in 4.5 hours under 18-22 knots and 6-9' seas, 72ºF
April 10: swam 8.8 nm in 4.5 hours
April 11: swam 9.1 nm in 5 hours under 20-25 knots and 8-12' rough conditions and many man o war, 74ºF
April 12: swam 9 nm in 4.5 hours under 18-20 knots and 6-8' seas, 73ºF
April 13: swam 9.1 nm in 5 hours under 18-20 knots and 6-8' cloudy seas, 73ºF
April 14: swam 10.6 nm in 5 hours under 16-20 knots and 6-8' seas, 73ºF
April 15: swam 4.7 nm in 3 hours
April 16: swam 10.4 nm in 4 hours 45 minutes
April 17: swam 8.8 nm in 4 hours 50 minutes under 14-18 knots and 4-6' seas, 73ºF
April 18: swam 9 nm in 4.5 hours under 16-20 knots and 6-9' seas, 73ºF
April 19: swam 9.5 nm in 5 hours under 12-14 knots and 2-4' seas, 74ºF
April 20: swam 9.9 nm in 4.45 hours under 10-12 knots and 2-4' seas 74-75ºF
April 21: swam 8.6 nm in 4.45 hours under 4-6 knots and 0-2' seas, 75ºF
April 22: swam 9.8 nm in 5 hours under 8-10 knots and 2' seas, 75ºF
April 23: swam 7.3 nm in 4.5 hours under 5 knots and 3' seas, 76ºF
April 24: swam 11.3 nm in 4.45 hours under 14-16 knots and 3-5' seas, 73ºF [1,077 nm traversed, 1,071 km to go]
April 25: swam 7 nm in 4.55 hours under 12-14 knots and 3-6' seas, 76ºF
April 26: swam 9.8 nm in 4.40 hours under 8-12 knots and 2-4' seas, 76ºF
April 27: swam 7.5 nm in 4.5 hours under 6-8 knots and 0-2' seas, 77ºF
April 28: swam 8.8 nm in 4.45 hours under 10-12 knots and 3-5' seas, 77ºF
April 29: swam 11 nm in 4.45 hours under 12-14 knots and 4-6' seas, 77ºF
April 30: swam 7.8 nm in 4 hours under 12-14 knots and 6-8' seas, 77ºF
May 1: swam 7.4 nm in 4.3 hours under 18-20 knots and 6-10' seas, 77ºF
May 2: swam 10.9 nm in 5 hours under 18-20 knots and 10-12' seas, 78ºF
May 3: swam 8.3 nm in 4.5 hours under 14-18 knots and 8-12' seas, 78ºF
May 4: swam 5 nm in 3 hours under 15-16 knots and 8-10' seas, 78ºF
May 5: swam 6.5 nm in 3 hours 45 minutes under 12-14 knots and 4-6' seas, 78ºF [saw a frigate bird, a sign that land is near]
May 6: swam 6.5 nm in 3.5 hours under 6-8 knots and 0-2' seas, 79ºF
May 7: swam 8.1 nm in 3 hours 45 minutes under 10-12 knots and 4-6' seas, 79ºF
May 8: swam 8.1 nm in 3 hours
May 9: Landed on Pigeon Beach in Antigua
Upper photo shows Jennifer Figge in Antigua after the swim. The lower photo shows her escort boat crew including from left to right Zoltan Horvath (videographer), Dr Ewa Gorzzczyk (physician), Zoltan Hamor (engineer), Sara Hajdu (First Mate) and Captain Tamas Hamor.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
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.
The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.
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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