Personal log from the Chile science director Camila Ahrendt, who was on board the entire 19 hours of Sarah Ferguson’s world record swim around Rapa Nui. In these 19 hours she kept a personal log besides her official tasks on board like taking GPS measurements, make photos every half an hour that would serve as evidence of the swim and coordinate between the South African team, the captain, crew and the mainland. In her personal log she observed life on board, what went on behind the scenes, the swimming conditions and all the emotions that come about when you are part of such an epic event. This is an unedited recount of events, straight from the log.
A Record-Breaking Swim from a Truly Genuine and Inspiring Woman
The Easter Island swim has been the toughest I’ve done, and I really had to dig deep. On March 15, as dawn was still to make an appearance, my team and I readied ourselves for this momentous challenge that lay ahead. Around me, people gathered with messages of well wishes and encouragement and the sound of AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ filled the air. It was one of those moments where I tried not to think too hard about what I was about to do and just dived into the water and began, leaving behind the echoes of shouting and cheering.
Please enjoy this guest post from John McCarthy, who served as the Safety Officer and Navigator for Sarah Ferguson’s recent world-record Swim Against Plastic. He is the author of “The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls“, Founder of Ocean Child, Instigator of theGREENERsurfer and Architect of SWIM FREE – Confidence Underwater. Photo above: Wofty Wild.
An eyewitness account of Sarah Ferguson’s world-first circumnavigation swim of Easter Island
4000 people have climbed Mount Everest, 2000 people have swum the English Channel, 12 people have walked on the moon, only one person has successfully swum non-stop around Easter Island or Rapa Nui as it is known to the local inhabitants. Rapa Nui is politically part of Chile, but due to its isolation from the mainland it has retained its own cultural identity and even has its own language. This is an eyewitness account of Sarah Ferguson’s epic swim around the island which was completed at 03h15 on Saturday 16 March, local Rapa Nui time.
SARAH FERGUSON SETS NEW WORLD RECORD IN SWIM AGAINST PLASTIC, BECOMES 1ST PERSON TO SWIM AROUND EASTER ISLAND
South African Endurance Swimmer Draws Attention to Plastic Pollution in Campaign Encouraging People to Rethink Plastic and Empower Them to Be Part of the Solution
Plastic Oceans International and Breathe Conservation, two global nonprofit organizations dedicated to solving the plastic pollution problem, announced that South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson, set a new world record—becoming the first person to swim around the entire perimeter of Easter Island—as part of Swim Against Plastic, a global campaign to help end plastic pollution organized by the organizations.
Sarah Ferguson Attempts to become the first person ever to swim around Easter Island.
From March 11 to 22 the Plastic Oceans International and Plastic Oceans Chile teams will be on Easter Island supporting Sarah Ferguson on her world record attempt to swim around Easter Island (Rapa Nui). There will also be a beach clean-up and educational programming at local Rapa Nui schools.
South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson, recently joined Ethan Bearman on KGO 810 in San Francisco to talk about her world-record attempt to become the first person to swim around Easter Island. Sarah is the founder of Breathe Ocean Conservation and serves as an Ambassador for Plastic Oceans International.
Listen to their conversation here:
Please enjoy this guest post from South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson. She is the founder of Breathe Conservation and is one of our global Ambassadors. In March 2019, she will attempt to become the first person ever to swim the perimeter of iconic Easter Island. To donate and learn more, click HERE.
A World Record Attempt to Swim Around Easter Island
One of the reasons I swim is to create awareness about the devastating and global effect of plastic pollution. When I first started my journey into open water swimming I started with the intention and desire to swim for something bigger than myself.
Please enjoy this guest post from South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson. She is the founder of Breathe Conservation and is one of our global Ambassadors. In March 2019, she will attempt to become the first person ever to swim the perimeter of iconic Easter Island. Learn more HERE.
Little by little – this is my motto for the year.
8 years ago when I travelled to Hawaii for the first time to meet a friend, I never imagined that my life would have taken the twist that it has.
SARAH FERGUSON WILL ATTEMPT FIRST WORLD-RECORD SWIM AROUND PERIMETER OF EASTER ISLAND TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT PLASTIC POLLUTION
February 12, 2019 – MALIBU, Calif., U.S. – Plastic Oceans International and Breathe Conservation, two global nonprofit organizations dedicated to solving the plastic pollution problem, today announced Swim Against Plastic: Easter Island, a campaign to raise awareness about plastic pollution with a potential world-record swim, education and beach cleanups on Easter Island in March.