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Sarah Ferguson

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Sarah Ferguson swimming 60 km around Easter Island (Rapa Nui) in March 2019 in 19 hours 8 minutes. Photo by Wofty Wild.
Sarah Ferguson swimming 60 km around Easter Island (Rapa Nui) in March 2019 in 19 hours 8 minutes. Photo by Wofty Wild.
Sarah Ferguson swimming 18 km from Umlanga to Durban in South Africa
Sarah Ferguson, the protagonist of Swimming Easter Island

Sarah Ferguson is a South African open water swimmer, physiotherapist with a private practice in Durban North, swim coach, race director, motivational speaker, Pilates instructor, Breathe Ocean Conservation ambassador. and a former national level competitive swimmer from Durban.

Open Water Swimming Career

2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Ferguson's circumnavigation swim of Easter Island was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award as follows:

Far, far, far away from any continent, Sarah Ferguson set off on bringing attention to plastic pollution in the world's oceans through her unprecedented 60 km circumnavigation swim around Easter Island in Polynesia. 19 hours 8 minutes after starting at 8:07 am, she finished at 3:15 am in a charity swim supported by Plastic Oceans International and Breathe Conservation. It was challenging, turbulent adventure with uncertainty throughout, but Ferguson and her multi-national team led by John McCarthy ultimately succeeded around Rapa Nui. For her pioneering swim where she overcame jellyfish and highly salinated water, for working intelligently towards solving the problem of plastic pollution with global organizations, and for setting a record while inspiring others to rethink plastic via environmental activism, the Easter Island swim by Sarah Ferguson is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

John McCarthy’s Swimming Easter Island about Sarah Ferguson's circumnavigation swim around Easter Island was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award as follows:

Easter Island sits remotely out in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, located 3,512 km from Chile. Isolate and so far away from her native South Africa, Sarah Ferguson was drawn to the challenge of swimming 60 kilometers around the World Heritage Site. She was accompanied by a large crew that included surfer and ocean waterman John McCarthy, a fellow Durbanite. The renowned author wrote Swimming Easter Island, an 88-page book that gives his colorful first-person account and backstory of her 19 hour 8 minute journey where he served as her lead planner, navigator and safety officer. The book retells the swim from various perspectives giving insight that can come only from an eyewitness who understood the dangers and risks she faced. For bringing to life this harrowing solo swim with dramatic photos, maps and illustrations, for describing the core reasons for doing this swim as an eco-warrior and an ambassador for Plastics Ocean International, and for documenting an unprecedented Guinness World Record marathon swim for subsequent challengers and future generations, the book Swimming Easter Island by John McCarthy is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Swimming Easter Island

Ferguson is the protagonist of Swimming Easter Island, a book written John McCarthy about his eyewitness account of the global effort that resulted in Ferguson's circumnavigation swim around Easter Island.

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