I can wrap my mind around why someone would want to swim at the North Pole or even swim in a January 1st, Polar Bear Swim, but I don't get why somebody would feel an internal need to swim across an ocean in multiple stages, day-after-day, like a postal swim with the USMS?
Anyway Jennifer Figge swam across the Atlantic in just 24-days. From the BBC:
The swim was done wearing a wetsuit from what I can make out in the photos and though I race in a wetsuit when I swim Alcatraz, I think important swims such as the English Channel should be attempted without; but these are just my morals
A 56-year-old American athlete has become the first woman on record to swim the Atlantic.
Jennifer Figge took 24 days to swim from the Cape Verde islands off Africa to Trinidad. The exact distance she covered has yet to be computed.