The Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce event began on a sunny Saturday morning with the 1.5- and 5-kilometer races. On Sunday, swimmers will return to the water to cross the gulf in a 14-kilometer swim for the first time in the event's history.
Before she begins her 1,100-kilometer swim, Renate Herberger always sings a song to the African goddess Yemaya, who watches over the sea. A self-described Pagan, Herberger asks Yemaya for permission to enter the endless Pacific. On Monday, Jan. 27, she will sing that song again.