Cancún, Q.Roo — A 34-year-old Mexican man became the first man to cross the Atlantic rowing from Spain to Mexico. He arrived in the Chac Chic hotel zone Saturday after five months aboard the Cascarita, an ocean-going rowboat 6.7 meters long and 1.8 wide, on a voyage that led local media to invoke Christopher Columbus.
The purpose of Abraham Levy’s 9,000-kilometer trip was to raise awareness of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the western hemisphere and the world’s second largest after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Levy was welcomed in Cancún by Gov. Roberto Borge Angulo, the chairman of the board of expedition sponsor Invex Banco, and about 200 well-wishers.
The daredevil vowed to donate a portion of sponsorship money to The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental organization with more than 60 years of work in support of conservation and the environment.
In 2008, Levy was the first person to travel the entire coast of Mexico by kayak.