History of Ocean Swimming | Atlantic Swim | Swim The Atlantic Ocean

In 1994, Guy Delage, swam 2,100 miles from Cape Verde to Barbados in 55 days, using a self-supporting raft and drifting whilst sleeping. However, time on board drifting was not recorded and there were no witnesses or apparent logs when he arrived 55 days later in The Caribbean.

In 1998, Benoit Lecomte, took 73 days to swim from Hyannis, (USA) to Quiberon, France. Lecomte swam across The Atlantic Ocean using support boats and he took rest at night. At one point he stopped in the Azores for 6 days during his 3,716 mile journey. He spent 8 hours swimming each day in sessions of about two to four hours in length. However, the speed of his swim according to miles that were recorded would have required a swim speed of around 8 miles per hour. This would be impossible to achieve or maintain.

In 2009, Jennifer Figge, swam part of The Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Verde Islands to Chacachacare Island, Trinidad. A total of 2,160 miles travelled, spending much of her time in a shark cage while swimming up to 8 hours per day, battling strong winds and waves of up to 30 feet. She had originally planned to swim to the Bahamas, but was blown 1,000 miles (1,600 km) off course. Jennifer had never intended to swim The Atlantic, just one part of it. The exact mileage swam remains unclear.Ben will be swimming the vast atlantic ocean

In 2010, Jennifer Figge, swam again from Cape Verde to Trinidad in a total of 31 days. Swimming six hours per day, 17 miles per day; she swam for a total of 139 hours and 25 minutes and swam 300.86 miles of the 2,186 mile trip.

In 2013, Figge completed another swim. This time she swam a total distance of 257.5 nautical miles (477 km) over the course of 32 days. She departed from Cape Verde (417 miles off the coast of West Africa) on April 8th and landed on the shores of Antigua in the Caribbean Sea, on May 9th 2013.

However, none of these individuals have swum the distance from continent to continent and therefore, crossed The Atlantic. Lecomte did drift and there is no accounting for his lost miles being regained by swimming and he did stop for approximately 6 days. It is also not known exactly how many miles he swam. There is no taking away from these individuals however and their wonderful achievements.

History is waiting to be written.