On September 2, 2013, 64-year-old Diana Nyad becomes the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage for protection. Nyad completed the 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West, through the jellyfish-and shark-infested waters of the Straits of Florida, in approximately 53 hours.Sports: Long-distance swimmingBorn: August 22, 1949, New York City
Aug. 31, 2013
Diana Nyad, forced to quit two earlier long-distance swims , grinned triumphantly today as she waded shore here, the first person to beat currents, sharks and jellyfish in a swim from the Bahamas to Florida .
You cannot see Cuba from Florida . Cuba is 90 miles from Florida , which is too long for the human eye to see at sea level. To see that far, you need to be over 5000ft (1524m) high, which is not possible even with the tallest skyscrapers.
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And the dream comes waking out of your imagination,” Nyad said. The swim wasn’t easy. Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage, reaching a Key West beach on Monday, September 2, nearly 53 hours after jumping into the ocean in Havana for her fifth try in 35 years.
A French swimmer has reached Hawaii just over six months after stepping into the seas in Japan as he attempted to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Benoit Lecomte entered the water on June 5 in Choshi, on the eastern cost of Japan, approximately 80 miles east of Tokyo.
Bimini is 45 miles from Miami , but the Gulf Stream will push her northward, forcing her to swim 60 to 70 miles to reach land. Only one woman has successfully completed the crossing. In 1979, Diana Nyad made the swim in 27 hours and 38 minutes.
The longest distance ever swum without flippers in open sea is 225 km (139.8 miles) by Veljko Rogošić (Croatia) across the Adriatic Sea from Grado to Riccione (both Italy) from 29-31 August 2006. The attempt took him 50 hours 10 mins.
How long will it take to get to Cuba by ferry ? The inaugural sailings will be from Miami to Havana and/or Port Everglades to Havana. Departing around 8:00-9:00pm arriving at around 6:00-7:00Am. The 250 nautical mile journey will take the fast ferry about 10 hours to complete.
On September 2, 2013, 64-year-old Diana Nyad becomes the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage for protection. Nyad completed the 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West, through the jellyfish-and shark-infested waters of the Straits of Florida, in approximately 53 hours.
A 24-year-old Australian has become the first person to swim from Jamaica to Cuba after a treacherous crossing through seas whipped up by Hurricane Floyd. Susie Maroney staggered onto a remote Cuban beach late on Tuesday following her gruelling 36-hour, 190km (119 mile) haul.
In Key West , drug trafficking is a serious problem, as the area represents an easy route into south Florida. In other words, 98 percent of areas in the country are safer than this one, making it the most dangerous area in Key West and one of the most dangerous in the nation.
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So, is Key West worth visiting? Yes, it is because you can experience and enjoy so many different activities here and it’s a great location for adults and children. In Key West you can enjoy beautiful beaches and sunsets, discover local wildlife and immerse yourself in maritime, literary and political history.