February 7, 2009

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO NORMAL HOBBIES, LIKE KNITTING?:

Woman scores Atlantic swim first (BBC, 2/07/09)

A 56-year-old American athlete has become the first woman on record to swim the Atlantic.

Jennifer Figge took 24 days to swim from the Cape Verde islands off Africa to Trinidad. The exact distance she covered has yet to be computed.

She swam inside a cage to protect her from sharks. [...]

Each day she would spend up to eight hours in the water at a stretch before returning to her support boat.

Crew members would throw the athlete energy drinks as she swam along, if it was too stormy divers would deliver them in person.

She saw pilot whales, turtles, dolphins, Portuguese men-of-war, but no sharks.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2009 11:41 PM
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