MSF Documented Swim
Jacques Tuset, Ned Denison, Jills Vanegas
Île St Joseph, French Guiana
February 17, 2016
3 hours, 45 minutes
Observed & Documented by Bruce Foulquier & Michael McCabe
These were triple-tandem solo swims off the same boat, with:
- Jacques Tuset (France)
- Ned Denison (Ireland)
- Jills Vanegas (France)
- Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean
- Route Description: Île St Joseph to French Guiana mainland near Kourou
- Start: Île St Joseph, southwest side (5.280587, -52.584282)
- Finish: French Guiana mainland, northwest of Kourou (5.180691, -52.650902)
- Route Distance: 13.3 km (8.3 mi)
- Escort Boat: Prelude (CY7846092)
- Pilot: Bruce Foulquier
- Observer: Bruce Foulquier, Michael McCabe
- Crew: Andrea Egea, Landry Vanegas
- Start: February 17, 2016, 0833 (French Guiana time: GMT-3)
- Finish: 1218
- Elapsed: 3 hours, 45 minutes
- Historical Claims: First unassisted swim from the islands to the mainland
Summary of Conditions
- Sea Temp: 26.6C (80F)
- Air Temp: 30C (86F)
- Wind Speed: Force 4-5, northeast
- Wave Height: 2 meters
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By Ned Denison
We completed the swim today. Devil’s Island is one of 3 Prison Islands (all very close together) - and restricted access. So we swam from Ile St Joseph (where they had the prison pits). The closest distance to land is 12.7km……but of course there was NO CHANCE of going there! We landed much further up the coast. Hint we were just above Brazil…near the European Space Center.
Jills Vanegas, Jacques Tuset and I swam together and finished in just under 4 hours (I felt like 6+ hours).
There were 2 to 3 meter swells and strong wind (sort of going in our general direction). A strong current meant we sprinted for the first hour as it swept us to our right. Jills didn’t quite get the message to sprint ONLY for the first mile….so we were treated to a brisk pace setter !
Skipper: Bruce Foulquier, Crew Michael McCabe and safety crew with defib etc. THANKS all and to Jacques for setting it all up.
We understand that we are the first UNassisted to have made the swim from the Islands. Credit to Papillon who did it with a bag of coconuts, Steve McQueen who made it cool in the movie (and was the inspiration for the swim and the tattoo), 2 guys who finned and snorkeled it a few years ago in 8 hours and Jills who swam out twice. A speed record will be broken..a first can’t be.