Fifty-six-year-old Jennifer Figge from the US becomes the first woman to swim the Atlantic in 24 days from Cape Verde islands to Trinidad. She used a cage to protect her from sharks.
Jennifer Figge is the mother of LeMans series race car driver Alex Figge.
She started from Cape Verde Islands on January 12, 2009 facing waves as high as 30 feet swimming for eight hours at a stretch before returning to her support boat. Athletic energy drinks would be thrown to her while she was swimming, but divers would personally them to her if the weather was stormy. She could not spot any sharks, but she saw whales, turtles, dolphins, and Portuguese men. Reached Trinidad exhilarated and exhausted.
Jennifer Figge had planned to swim across the Atlantic as a little girl.
She has plans to swim from Trinidad to the British Virgin Islands and also to swim 2100 miles from the coast of Africa to Barbados.
The earlier record swimming was by Benoit Lecomte from France who made the first solo trans-Atlantic swim of 4000 miles in 73 days.