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OA Master's Swimmer Swims Straits of Gibraltar

 
Ranie Pearce Swims to Africa!

 
CONGRATULATIONS RANIE!!
 
From Ranie:
 
Dear All,

There is so much I want to tell you all, but for those of you who just want the facts here they are.  The details I will post it on my blog:    http://swimminggibraltar.blogspot.com/
 
I swam to Africa 7.13.2010
It took 1 minute shy of 5 hours!
The water was warm between 18 and 21 C
I swam 12.8 miles and landed at Punta Leona, Morocco (a sheer rock cliff, and yet a man was there fishing who welcomed me and applauded).The boat, Columba Uno, captained by Antonio, assisted by Aurelio, with Jesus was in the Zodiac doing my feeds.The first eleven miles went by in just over three hours, the last 1.8 miles took almost two hours.
The tide had turned and I fought a 2.8 knot current leading off shore and into the Mediterranean.
The water was very rough by my standards, big swells, breaking waves, white caps, and no real rhythm to it. I flew the South End flag proudly, and felt the good wishes of everyone I know.
I couldn't be happier, or more sore, or more tired. At my darkest moment 25-30 dolphins swam under around and with me for a few minutes, it was a great gift. This is the hardest thing I have ever done.  

Thank you to everyone who wished me well, and please pass along my happy story.
I don't have very many email addresses in my laptop.
Love,

Ranie