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The swim, media and reporting probably would have gone differently had Diana not had to court sponsorship so heavily.
With such sponsorship, I would imagine she felt quite pulled between being "a swimmer" and being "a product".
I agree that DN (and her team) haven't perhaps been as clear as they could have been about the details of the swim and the 'rules' they were following, but I also think that we shouldn't draw too straight a line between DN and the media output.
Keep moving forward.
And my major take-away from Diana's swim was different from others, including Diana. Everyone seems to talk about the definition of a marathon swim and did she touch the boat or be touched (yes), but I was on a boat for days and was very concerned about getting everyone out of the water and on the boats back to shore safely.
Honestly, I had never been in a squall at night on a sinking boat with 4 people in the water 40 miles from shore with waves and winds. While everyone was concerned about rules and what was reported in the media, I was...scared and concerned about others and myself. I am not trying to elude anything or keep anything hush-hush, but I had no idea everyone was getting upset on land when I was on a small boat on a big storming sea.
For Penny, she has arguably the greatest escort kayaker/paddler alive (Jeff Kozlovich of Hawaii) at her side. Jeff, an experienced lifeguard from Oahu and an outstanding endurance athlete in his own right, can paddle diligently for days non-stop and was very willing to paddle for Penny for however long it takes. But Jeff is unique and special. Diana does not have a Jeff, but she did have other paddlers who are good in 2-3 hour shifts.
I believe an Observer's Report is a private document between a swimmer and the organization that governs the swim.
AZ Open Water Swimming on Facebook
Which organization is that?
Ultimately, it was a large tropical storm that finally forced a weakened Nyad from the water.
She was pulled out of the water on Aug. 21, on the eve of her 63rd birthday, 70.1 miles and 52 hours into the swim. It was her fourth attempt in nearly 30 years and her farthest yet of the 103-mile goal.
I'd put it somewhat differently:
A swim aid is a swim aid.
I'm not a fan of directional streamers. Black tiled line on the bottom of the pool - sure.
Maybe one day it will be acceptable to swim the channel with just a rowing boat and compass.
I would love to be able to swim straight for miles and wonder when someone will invent a head up display to go inside my goggles.
In what way is a directional streamer a swim aid? It doesn't touch the swimmer, isn't supportive, doesn't provide warmth, flotation, or propulsion. I've read the comments above about it possibly impacting the flow of water and I'm deeply skeptical. Besides, if it were found to do so, couldn't it be simply submerged further so it didn't?