Abraham Levy is certainly not the first person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, but he is the first to make the voyage between Spain and Mexico.
The 34-year-old Mexican arrived in Cancún at 1 pm on Monday Mrach 14th, 2015, after leaving Puerto de Palos in Spain on October 21 2014 aboard the Cascarita, an ocean-going rowboat 6.7 meters long and 1.8 wide.
The purpose of Levy’s 9,000-kilometer trip was to raise awareness of the importance of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, also known as the Great Mayan Reef, which extends from the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula all the way down to Honduras.
Upon his arrival today he admitted there were many difficult and dark days, but expressed his appreciation “for the generosity of the sea that brought me to Mexico . . . .”
During a press conference he offered details of the expedition, during which he had contact with no one. During Christmas week it rained five days straight with winds of 50 knots, or 90 km/h, said the adventurer.
“When you’re in the middle of the ocean all you can do is trust that the work you have done was done well.”
Levy took five years to prepare for the journey, which included selling his telephone business, he told the news agency EFE before leaving. The boat was equipped with the latest in communications, navigation and security equipment, and was loaded with 700 kilos of food when he left Spain.
A part of the sponsorship earned by the voyage will be donated to The Nature Conservancy, said Levy.
Another of his goals was to inform Mexicans over the importance of the oceans and “of our own strength to turn into reality those things that seem impossible.”
Levy was welcomed at a marina in Cancún this afternoon by state Gov. Roberto Borge Angulo, the chairman of the board of the expedition’s principal sponsor, Invex Banco, and about 200 well-wishers.
Levy made history in 2008 when he became the first person to travel the entire coast of Mexico by kayak.
– Source: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/
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