Erica From America: Swimming from Europe to Africa
Erica From America: Swimming from Europe to Africa is an illustrated children's book written by Erica Moffett and illustrated by Martin Russocki that was published on 12 August 2016. It won the Marriah Media Gold Award.
Erica from America: Swimming from Europe to Africa tells the story of Erica who, as a child grew up wanting to do everything, and later decides to swim the Strait of Gibraltar. Her friends and family think she is crazy but Erica is determined and decides she is going to swim from Europe to Africa no matter what. But when she gets to Spain, her plans are interrupted by the winds and another group of swimmers from South Africa. They ultimately reach their goal but not without a lot of activity during the swim.
"Erica was written an incredible story for children of all ages (and adults!)...it's a story of inspiration and perseverance and proves that you can accomplish your dreams if you only believe in yourself and be dedicated to your goals. As a fellow swimmer, I was touched by this heartwarming story," writes 3-time Olympic champion Rowdy Gaines.
Erica Moffett is an American open water swimmer from New York who is a member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and Grand Slam of Open Water Swimming and who has completed three Oceans Seven channels. She is an award-winning author who works as a Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.
- On 10 July 2004, she completed a 10 km swim in Huntington Bay in 3 hours 28 minutes 8 seconds at the age of 34.
- On 24 September 2004, she completed a 14.4 km crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar starting at Ahmiar Point, Spain and finishing in Morocco in 4 hours 0 minutes at the age of 34.
- On 6 September 2006, she completed a crossing of the English Channel in 14 hours 19 minutes at the age of 36.
- On 14 July 2007, she completed a 10 km swim in Huntington Bay in 3 hours 58 minutes 3 seconds at the age of 37.
- On 3 August 2007, she completed the 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 8 hours 36 minutes at the age of 37.
- On 22 August 2008, she completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel in 11 hours 47 minutes 21 seconds at the age of 38.
- In 2008, she completed the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in 2008 in 8 hours 45 minutes.
- On 7 August 2010, she completed the 23rd annual 25 km St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound Marathon in 9 hours 56 minutes 15 seconds.
- She completed a crossing of Robben Island in South Africa.
- She completed a swim around the Cape of Good Hope