Briton Ben Hooper begins world-record attempt to swim across Atlantic Ocean


#1

The Guardian:

Briton Ben Hooper begins world-record attempt to swim across Atlantic Ocean

After a delayed start, a former British policeman aiming to swim across the Atlantic finally set off Sunday from Senegal, bound for Brazil more than 1,900 miles (3,000km) away.“Here we go,” said 38-year-old Ben Hooper, as he tugged on his goggles and said goodbye to loved ones and supporters on the beach of a hotel in Hann Bay, in the east of Dakar.
“To the whole world thank you very much for your support,” he said, before striding into the waves at the start of the record-breaking attempt, expected to take nearly five months.

              If he succeeds, Ben Hooper will be first person to have swum 2,000 miles across breadth of the Atlantic              

The father and former police officer from Gloucestershire was supposed to leave Africa’s western coast from Dakar, Senegal at the start of November but delayed his departure due to a problem with the support vessel. He postponed it again several times, until actually setting off on Sunday.
He has been preparing for over three years for the immense journey that will see him swim up to 10 hours a day across the Atlantic. “It has been a long time coming,” he said.

There are easier ways to suicide. :frowning:
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#2

I don’t think that’s the goal.

My guess is he’ll give up after 2 days or so, having grabbed his 15’ of fame.

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#3

I think saying it is suicide is a bit much. The guardian article did not say but the fox article I read says he will be flanked by two boats and will eat and sleep on a boat. An impressive feat but not quite the suicide you seem to think.


#4

He’s kind of fat, so if he can catch the right current, he can just float across.


#5

Funny. But actually, having a bit of extra weight is good insulation against cold water.

I say more power to him. I hope he makes it. Why is it that when anyone tries to do what no one has ever done before, instead of getting support from people, what he gets is naysaying and ridicule? His is a daunting feat, even with support boats and all. I give him all the props he deserves for even attempting it. You go Ben, and Godspeed! :thumbsup:


#6

I wonder if he’s wearing a wetsuit.

I say more power to him. I hope he makes it. Why is it that when anyone tries to do what no one has ever done before, instead of getting support from people, what he gets is naysaying and ridicule?

Tall poppy syndrome?


#7

Probably. I would, if I wanted to keep from dying of hypothermia–and chafing. :wink:

Tall poppy syndrome?

Meaning the one who dares to stick his head above the crowd risks having it chopped off? Sadly, that’s only too true, isn’t it?


#8

a photo caption from the article says “Ben Hooper will swim for up to 10 hours a day wearing a wetsuit designed to make him invisible to sharks.”


#9

Desperate to leave i’d think


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