Sunday, August 4, 2013

Meghan Wren completes 13.1-mile Delaware Bay swim

Meghan Wren - Photo by Cindy Hepner, South Jersey Times

Meghan Wren is one determined lady.

Twenty five years ago, she started a crusade to restore the historic oyster schooner, the A.J. Meerwald. Today, Phillip Tomlinson writes in the South Jersey Times, "the ship sails proudly as the State of New Jersey’s official tall ship. A museum and a thriving cultural center that tell the rich history of the bay now stand on the wharf in Bivalve, a testament to her endurance and vision." 

AJ Meerwald
A.J. Meerwald – Anthony Baglio photo

Yesterday, Wren
became "the first person to successfully swim across Delaware Bay in adherence with English Channel rules—she wore no wetsuit, no life jacket and she was not assisted in her swim, completing the entire span under her own power."

Which is not to say that she did not have help along the way. 

Two escort boats along with two kayaks were with her the entire time. She also had assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Port Norris Fire Company, and Fortescue Fire and Rescue, among others who helped keep her on course and on
shark alert.

The executive director of the
Bayshore Center at Bivalve undertook the challenge in order to raise public awareness and funding to preserve the culture and
environment of New Jersey's Bayshore region.

The event helped her organization raise $17,000 toward a goal of $25,000.

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