Jennifer Figge is currently somewhere west of the Cape Verde Islands off the coast to Africa swimming towards Barbados on her 3,380 kilometers (2,100 miles) odyssey across the Atlantic Ocean. According to her manager David Higdon, Jennifer and her support crew aboard the Carried Away have encountered significant storms throughout the initial stretch of their adventure.
Winds of 25 knots and waves as high as 30 feet have wreaked havoc with their movements and Jennifer's swimming. Fish are flying everywhere, including onto and into the boat and cabins. As a result, Jennifer's crew will pursue a different course in search of more amenable weather. The catamaran is heading south and will pick up a current closer to the equator.
Readers can follow Jennifer and her crew via her GPS on her escort boat.
Communications with her crew has been challenging given the rough weather conditions, but Jennifer and the crew remain upbeat, including swimming with more than 20 dolphins.
Upper photo courtesy of XTerra Wetsuits.