Pablo Fernández Álvarez - Senegal to Gambia

10 miles (16.1 km)

9 hours, 54 minutes on 30 December 2017

Observed and documented by Arfang Y. Jobe

First documented swim between Senegal and Gambia



  • Name: Pablo Fernández Álvarez
  • Age on swim date: 37
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Resides: Madrid, Spain
  • Previous documented marathon swims: Strait of Gibraltar (neoprene), 13 September 2017, 4 hr 59 min.

Support Personnel

  • Pilots: Sarjo Demba (captain), Ousman Njie (pilot), Modou Jarju (co-pilot)
  • Escort boat: Gambian Navy high-speed boat (Banjul, Gambia)
  • Observer: Arfang Y. Jobe (Technical Director, Gambia Swimming Association)
  • Assistant observer: Habiballah Jeng
  • 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 Garmin GPS watch worn by swimmer.

Please note: from 2018 forward, we will not ratify swims where the swimmer is wearing a GPS-capable watch.

Route Definition

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


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

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Observer Log

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

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

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