Bri­tish swim­mer de­lays At­lantic cross­ing de­par­ture

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DAKAR: A Bri­tish am­a­teur who in­tends to swim across the At­lantic has de­layed his de­par­ture due to tech­ni­cal prob­lems with the boat that will ac­com­pany him, he said yes­ter­day. Ben Hooper, 38, was sup­posed to leave Africa’s western coast from Dakar, Sene­gal last Tues­day but is stuck due to a prob­lem with the sup­port ves­sel. “The elec­tri­cian is still work­ing on big blue so we will now be leav­ing Mon­day,” Hooper wrote in a Face­book post, re­fer­ring to the ves­sel. Hooper is wrap­ping up three years of prepa­ra­tion for the im­mense jour­ney that will see him swim up to 10 hours a day for nearly five months with the aim of reach­ing Brazil. He will rack up 1,635 nau­ti­cal miles, equal to nearly 1,900 land miles (3,000 kilo­me­tres) over the course of the jour­ney, while tak­ing in up to 12,000 calo­ries a day. Hooper’s jour­ney will be ob­served by a Guin­ness World Records rep­re­sen­ta­tive who will join a crew of 10 sup­port­ing the swim­mer. His cross­ing will be filmed and can be tracked on his “Swim the Big Blue” web­site.

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