Loading one of the safety boats at Pier 40 before the swim. Second from left: Liz Fry.
Liz being interviewed on the boat at the Battery a few minutes before the start of the swim
Getting in the water
And she's off!
Swimming along the Bay Ridge Flats south of Governors Island. Sergio is the other kayaker.
Under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
The sun comes out. Coney Island in the distance. With a 10-knot southerly wind and a strong ebb current, we begin to meet wind-against-current chop that soon increases to steep 3-foot breaking seas, precluding meaningful photography for some time...
Past Romer Shoal Light
Now we meet 3-4-foot swells rolling in from the Atlantic
On a wave
Sandy Hook! A new record for the one-way swim!! Liz talking with the boat crew afterwards.
Everyone relaxes. But now the harder trip back begins...
Liz swimming past West Bank Light
Back under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Wind has died down, water is glassy calm
But dark clouds threaten
Threading our way back through the Bay Ridge anchorage
Fueled by a couple of cookies, Liz is going strong
Manhattan in sight
The light is failing. Liz is pushing on, with only a couple of miles to go now...
Past Governors Island, with only the final crossing to the Battery remaining. But it's now becoming too dark for photography. Liz finishes in just over 11 hours, setting new records for the swim from Manhattan to Sandy Hook, for the reverse swim from Sandy Hook to Manhattan, and is the first person ever to complete both back-to-back!!