Port of Lowestoft donates to charity swim across the Atlantic Ocean

August 3, 2016

ABP’s Port of Lowestoft is helping one man’s quest to be the first person to swim every single mile across the Atlantic Ocean.

The support vessel for the epic 2000 mile journey, which Ben Hooper hopes to complete in 120 days, is being berthed free of charge at ABP’s Lowestoft Haven Marina.

Ben is intending to swim from Dakar in Senegal, Africa, to Natal in Brazil, South America, during his ‘Swim the Big Blue’ expedition in November.

The expedition has been a lifelong dream of Ben’s as he seeks to inspire others to reach their goals and raise money for four charities.

The Port of Lowestoft stepped in after Ben lost his mooring for the catamaran which will be his lifeline throughout the journey.

ABP has donated a berth close to the pontoon ramp so members of the public can view the vessel.

Port of Lowestoft Operations and Marina Manager Robert Beare said: “Ben is the latest in a long line of great British explorers and adventurers and we are proud the port can play a role in supporting his historic bid.

“This is going to be a fantastic adventure for Ben and the four good causes that will directly benefit from his efforts. We wish him luck.”

Ben Hooper said: “Having ABP offer our charitable expedition support of this cost and nature, has been a fantastic relief and allowed us to prepare the boat in full, safely, during winter months.

“As someone who nearly drowned in childhood, and has faced many challenges since, this has been a lifelong ambition. Overcoming challenges to inspire our children and nation is what this is all about. To have British business support during these challenging times means the world to me and I cannot thank ABP enough; together we will show nothing is impossible!”

More details about Ben’s expedition can be found on his websites: www.bensmiles.co.uk and www.swimthebigblue.com.