61 year old Diana Nyad set out to swim from Cuba to Florida. This 103 mile swim would prove to be too treacherous at this moment in time.
While Diana didn’t complete all 103 miles she did claim that this time around
it’s easier than last year. I think the base is so strong. … I have that year-and-a-half behind me so I’ve just gotten stronger and bigger. I feel that I just touch the water and I’m flying through it.
What Nyad cannot do for the swim to be officially recorded is to use a wetsuit or fins or any type of flotation device. She can’t hold onto the boat, and her handlers cannot prop her up in the water.
Observers will represent the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the World Open Water Swimming Association and FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports.
If successful, Nyad’s swim will be the longest unassisted ocean swim.
Stoll will coordinate the escort boat and keep time to ensure Nyad is taking breaks about every 90 minutes, though the swimmer would opt to go longer.
Sharks are a concern, as are jellyfish, and particularly the Portuguese Man ‘o War, but it’s dehydration that is top of mind and reason for the scheduled breaks (source).