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article imageJennifer Figge Is The First Woman To Swim The Atlantic

By KJ Mullins     Feb 8, 2009 in Sports
On January 12 Jennifer Figge, 56, started a journey that would land her in the record books. The American woman swam across the Atlantic Ocean in just less than a month.
Figge traveled to the Cape Verde Islands back in early January from her Aspen, Colorado home. On February 5 she landed in Trinidad. That little journey by sea made her the first woman to swim the Atlantic. She plans to swim to the British Virgin Islands arriving in late February before finally going home for a rest. Her crew will compute her total distance once she has finally taken her last stroke.
For months Figge trained in Aspen in an outdoor pool braving blizzards and the other elements to prepare for the journey of a lifetime. She has been escorted by a sailboat the entire day.
A decade ago French swimmer Benoit Lecomte became the first person to make a solo trans-Atlantic swim. He covered almost 4,000 miles from Massachusetts to France in 73 days.
For Figge a typical morning this year started with a bowl of pasta and baked potatoes. She and her crew would then assess the weather for the day. She once spent eight hours in the water. Her shortest time in the ocean since her journey began was 21 minutes. She drank energy drinks while swimming at times. When the sea was too rough to throw the bottles a diver would hand deliver them to her.
On Saturday she landed on Chacachacare Island in Trinidad. She plans to rest until Monday on the abandoned leper colony before heading back into the water.
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