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Fate brought me to Jamaica - Abraham Levy

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 3:00 AMKarrie Williams
Abraham showing off his paddle.
Abraham Levy (left) and Frederick Brenner of Dor's Crab Shak.
Abraham in his boat at Belmont in Westmoreland.
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When Mexican adventurer Abraham Levy departed Spain for Mexico in his row boat; a stopover in Jamaica was not a part of his plans, but as fate would have it, strong winds propelled him to the shores of Belmont in Westmoreland, where he spent two days basking in the warm hospitality.

"I didn't plan to stop in Jamaica, but the winds were pushing me strongly from the south to the mainland, so I decided it was a good idea to stop, and I am glad I did. I have been welcomed with open arms by the people, and I have also gotten an opportunity to learn about Jamaica's marine conservation efforts, which I plan to offer my assistance with in the near future," Levy told Hospitality Jamaica.

Levy, who started his expedition last November, is on a mission to become the first person to row across the Atlantic Ocean from the port of Palos de la Frontera in Huelva to Mexico. He is scheduled to arrive in his homeland no later than the third week of March. While most persons would be fearful to undertake such an adventure, Levy said he is intrinsically motivated and strongly believes in following his dreams.

"My biggest fear from all of this is leaving my dreams for tomorrow as we don't know if we are going to be here tomorrow, so we have to live our dreams today," he said.

"I am happy I am able to experience this. There is a world of possibilities out there and many opportunities to live your dreams. I spent six years looking for sponsorship and to find a way to make it happen, so for me, my biggest satisfaction is to do the things I love to do."

worst-case scenario

Levy confessed that his worst-case scenario would be to fall from his boat, the Cascarita, and lose it to the ocean. But he admits to taking precautionary measures to prevent this from happening.

"I row all the time with a rope around my ankle and I do all security stuff possible to remain safe," he said.

Levy maintains his energy levels at sea by consuming freeze-dried food, which he hydrates with desalinated seawater. Though he declares to having at least six months' supply of food remaining on his boat, he was very happy for the change in diet that came with his two-day stay in Belmont. He ate most of his meals at Dor's Crab Shak, dining on a variety of seafood dishes.

Levy's boat is equipped with solar panels, which he uses to generate electricity. It also comes with a gas stove and two mini desalination plants, which he uses to convert seawater into fresh drinking water. He has access to both voice and data communication technology, enabling him to stay in touch with friends and family.

To date, the daredevil has experienced only one major catastrophe throughout his journey.

"There was a major storm during the week of Christmas that prevented me from rowing for that entire week, so I stayed all that time in my cabin. It is watertight, so I wasn't fearful of any water coming in, and in the event that I had capsized, the boat is built to automatically upright itself again, so I basically just rested and waited out the storm," he said.

Cancun Caribe Mexicano, Invex Banco and Gatorade are some of the primary sponsors allowing Levy to fulfil his dream. Though not yet decided on his next big adventure, he told Hospitality Jamaica that it will have something to do with the ocean.

"I love challenges, I love to be in nature, and I love the ocean, so whatever I do next will have something to do with the ocean," he said.