Penny Palfrey has started Cuba to Florida (at 12pm GMT)

Update: After swimming strongly all through Saturday, and well into Saturday night, unfortunately Penny was pulled after over 40 hours of swimming, around 6 am GMT, due to encountering a strong south-easterly current which was pushing her away from land. As always, thoughts and best wishes to the swimmer and her crew this morning.

(Mid-day GMT time, Friday 29th).

Her tracker is LIVE! at

Penny’s twitter account for irregular direct updates.

For those of you non-swimmers, Cuba to Florida has long been a swim dream since Diana Nyad first attempted it in the mid 70’s. Susie Maroney swam it in a shark cage and wetsuit (so it is considered an assisted swim). Diana Nyad made two attempts last year, which, though beyond the reach of most of us, were coloured by deviations to the normally accepted rules of Channel swimming. She was stopped by severe agonizing jellyfish stings. She will make another attempt this year.

But if anyone in the world can do this it’s (Lisa Cummins or) Penny Palfrey. It will be a long weekend just watching, so imagine how it will be for Penny swimming. We are all behind her, Penny is considered currently the world’s greatest marathon swimmer by those in the sport (and will do this swim without the huge and all-pervasive publicity machine of Diana Nyad so there won’t be as many information sources).

Penny will FOLLOW this warm water beast, where there are huge risks of sharks and Box Jellyfish, (which cause enduring agony for swimmers stuck) by attempting to complete the Ocean’s 7 with The Mouth of Hell, the North Channel between Scotland and Ireland, in August, at the other end of the temperature scale and with our local Lion’s Mane jellies which though not individiually as severe as Box, exist in larger blooms and have a paralysing cumulative toxic buildup effect.

Penny is a member of forum, where she occasionally posted in-between all her insane training.


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