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AN ILL WIND THAT BLEW NO GOOD
Dan Levin
August 28, 1978
Diana Nyad failed to swim from Cuba to Key West when adverse winds, whipping up huge swells, forced her out of the water
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August 28, 1978

An Ill Wind That Blew No Good

Diana Nyad failed to swim from Cuba to Key West when adverse winds, whipping up huge swells, forced her out of the water

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It was the wrong thing to say.

"Is he serious, Candace?"

"No, he doesn't know."

Nyad swam a few strokes and stopped. "He's not serious about 53 miles, is he? That's less than halfway."

"Well, we don't know," Hogan said.

"Maybe he's right if you don't know," Nyad said, crying. "Fifty-three miles? That means it will take me a hundred hours, and I've only gone 28."

An hour later, stopping to eat, Nyad said, "I don't want to be told anything about miles. But do you think it's still possible I can do it in 60 hours?"

"It's still possible," said du Moulin, an experienced ocean sailboat racer.

"You mean it might be more than 60?"

He nodded his head.

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