3:43 pm Saturday, August 17

Diana Nyad started in Havana swimming quickly at 3:43 pm local time (ET, New York time) on Saturday afternoon at 57 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

The water temperature is 85°F.
Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 0.1 statute miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

4:43 on Saturday August 17

Diana Nyad is swimming comfortably at 4:43 pm on Saturday afternoon at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager. A team of shark divers swept the perimeter and saw a jellyfish with northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 1.75 miles while being swept westerly which is a good course.
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

5:43 pm Saturday, August 17

Diana Nyad is swimming smoothly at 5:43 pm on Saturday evening at 52 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 3.45 miles
Distance to go: 99.5 miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

6:43 pm Saturday, August 17

Diana Nyad is swimming smoothly at 6:43 pm on Saturday evening at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 5.4 miles
Distance to go: 97.6 miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: She had a swimsuit change at 6:33 pm. A shark diver was stung by a jellyfish with a throbbing pain of 6 (on a 1-10 point scale) while he was in the water looking for sharks. After a special treatment ointment was applied by Dr. Yanigahara, the pain dissipated immediately with a cooling sensation.

7:43 pm Saturday, August 17

Diana Nyad is swimming smoothly at 7:43 pm on Saturday evening at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 7.13 miles.
Distance to go: 95.87 miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: Myriad sea life is floating at or near the surface including chryasora, oliandias, ctenophores and 3 different carybdeid cubozoans (types of jellyfish) according to Dr. Yanagihara.

8:43 pm Saturday, August 17

Diana Nyad is swimming smoothly at 8:43 pm on Saturday evening at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 8.5 miles
Distance to go: 94.5 miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: She was stung on her neck and back at 8:40 pm. Dr. Yanigahara provisionally identified the jellyfish as olindias in her portable laboratory on the Voyager. Nyad identified the pain as a 3 on a scale of 1-10. Other types of jellyfish include chryasora, ctenophores and 3 different carybdeid cubozoans.

9:43 pm Saturday, August 17

Diana Nyad is swimming smoothly at 9:43 pm on Saturday evening at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 9.13 miles
Distance to go: 93.11 miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: She was stung on the lips at 9:25 pm. Dr. Yanigahara provisionally identified the jellyfish as olindias. Pain was identified as a 7. Nyad’s lips have ballooned up in size.

10:43 pm Saturday, August 17

Diana Nyad is swimming at 10:43 pm on Saturday evening at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 10.69 miles
Distance to go: 92.31 miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

11:43 pm Saturday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming smoothly at 11:43 pm on Saturday afternoon at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-footchop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 10.5 nm
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: Nyad was hit by a box jellyfish on her hand at 10:57 pm and it hurt badly. Handlers applied the pain-management ointment on her skin, specifically for chryasora, oliandias, ctenophores and 3 different carybdeid cubozoans.

12:33 am Sunday, August 19

Diana Nyad is swimming at 12:33 am on Sunday morning at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 11.5 nautical miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: Nyad was hit by a jellyfish on her forehead. Another bad sting. She swam over immediately to the escort boat where her handlers put ointment on her affected area.

1:33 am Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming at 1:33 am on Sunday morning at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 12.5 nautical miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: She was hit by a jellyfish on her forehead. Handlers put ointment on her skin. With hits to the hands, lips and forehead, Nyad began to swim backstroke for an hour as precautionary measure. She also asked for nose plugs because she was swallowing water while swimming backstroke under the Swimmer’s Streamer at night. At 1:50 am, Nyad asked for protective gloves.

2:40 am Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming at 2:4 am on Sunday morning at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as northeast winds were throwing an oncoming 1-foot chop against her. The cloud cover gave way to a starry, starry night.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 13.2 nautical miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: While swimming backstroke for another hour, she dry heaved a few times. Hours of backstroke eventually led to a stress of her left bicep which the doctors then applied a strip of kineosology tape. The sea surface and the top 1 meter is filled with myriad sea life including a number of species of stinging creatures. Dr. Yanigahara calls it a double whammy because of the relatively narrow tidal surge and the astronomical indicators causing a plethora of sea life to rise to the surface where they encountered Nyad throughout the night.

7:43 am Sunday, August 18 

Diana Nyad is still swimming backstroke at 7:43 am on Sunday morning at 41 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager.

Her course remains due north.
Distance traveled: 18.9 statute miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: She was hit on the back while doing freestyle and switched over to backstroke. Dr. Yanagahara dove into the Caribbean Sea to conduct testing of stinging creatures in the vicinity where Nyad is swimming. Dr. Yanagahara identifies a number of stinging jellyfish.

8:43 am Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming freestyle at 8:43 am on Sunday morning at 48-50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as minimal winds with flat seas.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 17.7nm, 20.1 statute miles
Distance to go: 82.87 statute miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: Nyad recovers from a long night of pain and frustration. She is feeling good now and spent her feeding time to talk and joke with the crew, trying to put everyone at ease.

9:43 am Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming freestyle at 9:43 am on Sunday morning at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as negligible winds had calmed the previously bumpy seas.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 18.3 nm, 21.73 statute miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: She is feeling good now, talking and joking with the crew, trying to make time with a 1-knot current push towards the north. “How are you guys doing?” asked Nyad to her crew. “That was one heckuva night, last night. This was more than swimming; I do not know what they call that last night.”

10:43 am Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming comfortably and confidently at 10:43 am on Sunday morning at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager with negligible winds. 50-52 strokes per minute is her normal training speed.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 22.2 statute miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

11:43 am Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming comfortably and confidently at 11:43 am on Sunday morning at 50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager as the winds have become negligible and the sea has ironed out. The left bicep is still sore but her stroke per minute pace has continued unabated.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 23.23 statute miles
Distance to go: 79.77 statute miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: no incidents of shark encounters or marine life during this hour. Coast Guard boat is seen in the horizon, but not much else besides a deep, beautiful royal blue of the Caribbean Sea.

12:43 pm Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming smoothly at 12:43 am on Sunday afternoon at 48-50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager. With a calm, tranquil sea and no marine life at the surface, Nyad’s spirits have soared.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 23.92 statute miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: Nyad stops for hydration and starts to carry on conversations with the crew, including serenading the crew with her favorite songs.

1:43 pm Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming at 1:43 pm on Sunday afternoon at 48-50 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 25 statute miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

2:43 pm Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming at 2:43 pm on Sunday afternoon at 49 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager. Four other escort boats are following as the crew of pilots, shark divers, kayakers and crew rotate in and out for one another. There is always a minimum of 8 fresh individuals watching Nyad and her environs. Occasionally, the number of individuals watching Nyad from the Voyager increases to 12-14.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 25.8 miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

3:43 pm Sunday, August 18

Diana Nyad is swimming at 3:43 pm on Sunday afternoon at 48 strokes per minute on the right side of her primary escort boat the Voyager. Nyad removed her swim cap as she was getting warm in the warm-water and humid atmospheric conditions. The currents are pushing Nyad towards Key West under tranquil conditions.

Her course is due north.
Distance traveled: 26.57 miles
Destination: Key West in the state of Florida.

Note: Nyad swims well without a cap, but she says, “My hair feels heavy”. As she moves into her second 24-hour period, she puts back her swim cap after an hour.

At this point, she is swimming west of her rhumb line. John Barlett, her navigator, commented. “This is good because she has yet to enter the Gulf Stream which will push her in the northeast direction [towards Key West].”

And now Nyad’s enters into her second 24-hour period. It is estimated that she will have to swim through 2 more nights of horror with the stinging creatures. The swim, if all goes well, will continue onto the third 24-hour period by Monday morning.

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