Jennifer Figge’s AC2100 swim has been delayed a few weeks. The AC2100 is nicknamed for the 2,100 miles that Jennifer plans to swim in 6-8 hour segments per day for 2 months.
Jennifer, a nominee for the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Female of the Year, plans to share her progress from Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa, to Barbados, off the coast of Venezuela, via an online GPS system so supporters and media can follow her across the ocean.
Jennifer’s customized 50-foot catamaran, the Carried Away, and her supplies are being shipped from Fort Lauderdale to the Canary Islands. After securing provisions on the Canary Islands, the escort crew will sail to Cape Verde where Jennifer and her physician Jerry Homish will be waiting. Her adventure will start around mid-December.
Jennifer's swim will benefit the UNICEF initiative called Drink 1, Give 10 program that supplies clean water to impoverished areas in Africa. Volvic will donate US$0.40 every mile Jennifer swims during her adventure to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to benefit the “Drink 1, Give” program. "I'm thrilled that every stroke I take in the Atlantic Ocean water after I depart from off the coast of Africa will help provide clean water to children [in Africa]. It will motivate and inspire me to accomplish this goal."
Information on the other female nominees for the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Female of the Year can be seen here. Details on the male nominees for the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Male of the Year can be seen here.