This page will be updated continually with her location and information on what is happening out on the lake as she takes on this Herculean challenge.
August 29, 2006 – Total donations to date - $144, 855.00, and counting!
July 31, 2006 – Total donations to date - $125, 000.00, and counting! Jenna would like to thank everyone who has donated so far.
7:05 p.m. – this will be the last posting for tonight. Please continue to come back to the site for updates on Jenna’s comments and amounts raised by this record attempt.
6:57 p.m. - Here are some of the comments Jenna had, after she came out of the water. “…seeing the supporters and friends and family come out on the boats is what kept me going and happy….”, “…I never thought about giving up…”
6: 44 p.m. – JENNA HAS DONE IT!!!!
6:32 p.m. - Jenna is almost there. John Munro, one of her coaches and the Swim Master over-seeing this marathon swim, says that this is one of the most exciting swims he has ever been on.
6:14 p.m. –
Jenna is now in clear view of the crowd, as she rounded the break wall near
5:25 p.m. –
Jenna has finished a feeding and a drink in the last hour and is moving
forward. She hit a bit of a wall,
but the crowds at
4:10 p.m. – Jenna is still going strong and knows it is almost over. She is coming up on 30 hours in the water. The crowd at Lake Ontario Park is getting bigger and bigger.
3:10 p.m. – Jenna is about 1 to 1.5
hours away from finishing her swim.
She is swimming faster now than at any other point during her time in
the water. The flotilla can be seen
1:36 p.m. – It has been
confirmed that Jenna will be coming into
11:56 a.m. - Jenna is currently off the tip of
11:39 a.m. - The current is still all over the
map. With this in mind, the crew has not yet made a final decision on the
10:50 a.m. - Communications remain a problem this morning as we've had no contact with the crew since 5:30 this morning other than the reporting of K-Rock 105.7.
8:30 a.m. - Jenna continues to battle strong
currents and winds out in the lake, however due to lower than expected waves
within the channel between
8:00 a.m. - Jenna remains in high spirits
despite her battles with the wind. Based on her current rate of progress Jenna
6:08 a.m. - [Course Change - See updated map] The crew has directed Jenna towards Fairfield Park in Amherstview due to the heavier winds she has been facing out of the NE. The change in direction will give Jenna the best chance at success. The change shouldn't have a large impact on the overall distance but will put the winds at Jenna's side instead of into her face. Jenna has had to face the winds at every turn with the winds having been constantly into her face throughout the swim.
5:40 a.m. - The sun is up and Jenna has made
it through the night and remains in great spirits. Jenna has been listening to
some music on her MP3 player and had to listen to her crew singing after her
batteries wore out. Jenna is currently about 5 km from the tip of
July 19 - 1:00 a.m. - Winds are lighter out of the NNE with the water temperature of 73.6 F and the air has cooled. John reports that the swim is going well and Jenna continues to swim strongly.
11:40 p.m. - Winds are ENE at this time and
Jenna continues to swim strongly. The crew took the opportunity to stop and
sing O Canada after the crossing of the international border. Jenna has been
averaging approximately 1 km/h throughout the swim. Jenna is currently about
3.5 km from Long Point,
10:13 p.m. - Winds have switched to NNE and the waves have lowered to 1 to 2 feet. Jenna remains in great spirits and according to John is handling her first nighttime swim pretty well. Many of the crew members have been sea sick on and off throughout the day. Please check the on-line map for a view of her exact location.
9:30 p.m. - Jenna has passed into Canadian waters.
8:21 p.m. - Winds are west and Jenna has crossed most of the way through the shipping channel. Jenna continues to swim strongly and is maintaining her usual pace. Phone communications have been intermittent and weren't helped after the phone was swamped by a wave. However it appears to be working again after being dried out.
5:20 p.m. - The wind and waves are
starting to diminish and should continue to do so into the evening and at this
time there are no sign of thunderstorms on
4:25 p.m. - Communication has been difficult while trying to
make contact with the flotilla that is accompanying Jenna. This is not that
uncommon for lake crossings and should improve as Jenna moves closer to
3:04 p.m. - Jenna
is still moving strong, with about 8 kilometers already traveled. She is
still in good spirits and swimming steadily. Due to some communication
problems, we will not be able to get location updates regularly, but will try
when possible. At this point she is heading towards Ottey
Shoal. Waves are still head on at a 3 foot wave length and the water
3:00 p.m. - Due to
weather conditions this morning the decision was made to head north of
1:58 p.m. - Jenna is still in good spirits, smiling, and has a steady stroke. Her coordinates are North 44 degrees 3.6 minutes, West 76 degrees 22.77 minutes. Jenna has been having fruit cups and "Boost" at her feedings. Her next one is in approx. 20 minutes.
Jenna is facing waves head on with a wave length of approximately 2 feet. Winds have increased and are now steady at 8 knots. The crew hopes to have her turn to get the waves coming from the side.
11:39 a.m. - Jenna
is in great spirits. She is almost at the point of
10:27 a.m. - With friends and family encouraging her on, Jenna has started her swim at 10:27 AM.
July 18 - Swim Update
Jenna will be starting her swim at 10:00 AM this morning. Winds are light at the moment and should have died down by the time she enters the water.
We should receive our next update sometime before lunch.
July 17 - Swim Update
Please note that due to weather conditions, Jenna Lambert's swim is being postponed until tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18, 2006. She will, hopefully, be entering the water sometime between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. More details will be forwarded later. You can also make donations at the Kingston Family YMCA or on line at www.penguinscanfly.com.
Thank you for your support.
July 12 - Jenna's Trial Swims
As part of Jenna's
preparation for her marathon swim, she completed work in a "Psyche
Book". This is a concept that Jenna's Coach, Vicki Keith came up with to
help address a number of the psychological aspects of a marathon swim. It was
created to help guide Jenna through the necessary psychological steps before
and during her swim, to help her realize that her goal is achievable, and that
she can accomplish it. This assignment required her to write a story about the
end of her swim, to help her visualize her goal and to make it more real. She
was to start at about 400 metres from shore when she
first heard the crowd cheering her on to success. Below is Jenna's rendition of
the completion of her
Like the millions of stars in the night, they glimmer on, stationed along the shoreline. When I breathe they are all I see. On the left and on the right, I see flashes of their beautiful light. They are everywhere. They drive me on. Their voices much louder than words, speak of faith and encouragement.
The knowledge of their presence is what keeps me in rhyme 1,2,3 breathe, 1,2,3, breathe.
As I reflect back on how I made it to this point in my swim I realize that it was because of those tiny sparkles, the glimmers of hope of appreciation, it's because of them, those smiles. The bright stretched faces of friends, like spot lights in my vision.
They are familiar faces, faces of loved ones, of supporters, of Penguins, they're all waiting for me - have been for the past 24 hours, and now I'm 400 yards away looking at each and every proud face.
My achy bones don't want to. Heck I feel like I'm 150, not much to say when you're only 15. But I gotta go on... I've gotta meet all those smiling faces, see my friends standing high above me, look up to Jonathan, the Fernando, then Livy and Sara and all the Penguins.
At the rate I'm going now, it'll be another hour before I get there but at least I'm moving. Their cheers are getting louder. At this state I can't tell whether or not that means I'm getting closer or my ears are getting water logged. I tell you, I'm not voting for the later: but I'm pretty sure it's true. "Wh-what?" I sputter trying to hear Vicki from beside me in the Kayak over the shouts and racket of the crowd. "I said you've got a little under300 yards left, fly home."
Tiredly I glare, then laugh a little and smile. I stick my head back in the water and bring both arms up over my head, but just before I do, I catch my reflection in one of the boats revving beside me. I don't take notice of the white skin, the deep wrinkles, the droopy eyelids or the dark circles draping my eyes. No, I see the beginnings of a smile and the red and black bathing cap, the one that reads "Penguins Can Fly".
Alright Penguins, I've
got to get to shore for the Penguins, they're counting on me, my church too.
The Myers are here, the Laframboise are here. Pastor
Jan is here and Will and Connie. Blaire came down from
When I stick my head up to retaliate, it's Vicki's voice that I hear. "Okay, that's enough!!" She laughs as she addresses my family. "Now you" she points at me. "You get your but swimmin!"
With a new excitement for everyone and everything that waits for me on shore, I find every last ounce of inner strength I possess and then some, and I boot it to shore- making sure that Shadoe has to work extra hard to keep up to me in the Kayak, to frustrate him just a little.
I smile to myself as I feel the ground underneath me, a taste of fishy victory. My heart soars as I stand up and all of the Penguins and the youth group looking down on me, their smiles surround me, congratulate me, let me know that I'm finished, that I've conquered what I set out to do.
All because of a few smiles.
Taking a deep breath my eyes stray to the sky, to the biggest smile of all, the smile that warms my heart - and makes it official - that glint of heavenly stars, God's smile.
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