Mexican adventurer Abraham Levy, who in 2008 kayaked 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles) along the coasts of his country, will try to row it alone from Spain to Mexico in a boat equipped with the latest in 21st-century navigation technology.
“I want to do what the great explorers did and set out from the Old World, leaving Puerto de Palos en route to Mexican lands,” Levy said.
The adventure of rowing across the Atlantic will begin on Oct. 12, 2013 at Puerto de Palos, Spain, and will end six months later, in March 2013 in Cancun, Mexico, Levy told Efe.
“More people have been in outer space than have crossed the ocean under their own steam,” Levy said, adding that with his feat he hopes to recall the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.
“It’s not a caravel, I’m not sailing into the unknown, but it’s the modern way to relive a similar expedition, alone and self-propelled,” Levy said, speaking of the Oceanic Rowing Boat constructed at an English shipyard.
The boat is a lengthened egg shape and will be equipped with navigation gear, GPS, satellite phone, a desalinization plant, a stove, and solar panels to charge the lithium batteries.
The carbon fiber boat weighs 180 kilos (400 pounds), measures 24 feet (7.3 meters) long and 5 feet (1.6 meters) abeam, has a hermetic cabin and 3-meter (10-foot) oars of the same material.
The trip across the Atlantic is planned “not to leave a trace” because all waste will be collected and recycled.
Levy will make use of the progress made in food supplies for astronauts and mountain climbers who eat dehydrated meals, which in his case will be hydrated with purified sea water, and other products with elements that heat them without the need for fire.
His diet will have a surprisingly wide variety, with such meals as bacon, lasagna with salmon, beef stew with potatoes and vegetables, cheesecake with raspberries, and, for some really fresh food, he will take along a fishing pole to make something like sashimi with his catch, he said.
“The trip will take about four months, but I’m going prepared to spend six months at sea,” said Levy, who will set out on his journey in October because at that point hurricane season is over on his route, which follows the trade winds to the Canary Islands, continues on to the Caribbean, then changes course to Mexico.
Levy will have land-based support from a group of doctors and trainers as well as meteorological experts who will keep him posted on the weather so he can make the corresponding decisions during the crossing.
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