Pablo Fernandez - Senegal to Gambia

10 miles (16.1 km)

9 hours on

Observed and documented by Arfang Jobe

First known swim from Senegal to Gambia

Contents

Swimmer

Support Personnel

  • Pilots: Sarjo Demba (captain), Ousman Njie (pilot), Modou Jarju (co-pilot)
  • Escort boat: Gambian Navy high-speed boat (Banjul, Gambia)
  • Observers / technical directors: Arfang Y. Jobe, Habiballah Jeng (assistant)
  • Other crew:
    • Abba Nyassi (commander)
    • Alex Ndepky (engineer)
    • Baboucarr Jobe (crew)
    • Alhagie Manka (cameraman)

Swim Parameters

Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.

Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, with exception of GPS watch worn by swimmer.

Route Definition

  • Start Location: Plage d’Or, Senegal
  • Finish Location: Banjul, Gambia
  • Route Distance: 16.1 km (10.0 miles)
  • Route Type: one-way

History

No known previous swims of this route.

Swim Data

  • Start: December 30, 2017, 07:22 UTC.
  • Finish: December 30, 2017, 17:16 UTC.
  • Elapsed: 9 hours, 54 minutes

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp 20 22
Air Temp 23 33
Wind 6 knots 11 knots (SW)

Feed Plan

Each hour: 1 gel, 1 bottle water (500 ml), 1 fruit bar.

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: . Download raw data (CSV).

Speed Plot

Observer Log

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Video

Pablo Fernandez - Senegal to Gambia - final cut from MSF on Vimeo.

Pablo Fernandez - Senegal to Gambia - raw footage from MSF on Vimeo.

Media Coverage

  • http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/pablo-fernandez-becomes-the-first-person-in-the-world-to-swim-from-senegal-to-gambia
  • http://www.gambiasports.com/all-sport/athletics/424-pablo-fernandez-becomes-the-first-person-in-the-world-to-swim-from-senegal-to-gambia
  • http://www.elmundo.es/cronica/2018/01/18/5a5bc166468aebf2618b45c0.html
  • http://www.vanguardiadesevilla.com/texto-diario/mostrar/984838/espanol-pablo-fernandez-primera-persona-mundo-nadar-entre-senegal-gambia
  • http://www.elperiodico.com/es/deportes/20180110/un-espanol-marca-un-hito-al-cruzar-a-nado-el-estrecho-gambia-senegal-6542174
  • http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/el-canto-del-grillo/canto-del-grillo-contracorriente-solidaridad/4435645/