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Atlantic Ocean

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The Atlantic Ocean is the world's second largest ocean, second to the Pacific Ocean. With a total area of about 106,400,000 square kilometres (41,100,000 sq mi), it covers approximately 20% of the Earth's surface and about 29% of its water surface area. The first part of its name refers to Atlas of Greek mythology, making the Atlantic the "Sea of Atlas".

The Atlantic Ocean occupies an elongated, S-shaped basin extending longitudinally between Eurasia and Africa to the east, and the Americas to the west. As one component of the interconnected global ocean, it is connected in the north to the Arctic Ocean, to the Pacific Ocean in the southwest, the Indian Ocean in the southeast, and the Southern Ocean in the south (other definitions describe the Atlantic as extending southward to Antarctica). The equator subdivides it into the North Atlantic Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean.

Cross-Atlantic Swims

At least 5 open water swimmers have attempted, planned or completed assisted stage swims across the Atlantic (or transatlantic swim or transoceanic swim):

Open Water Swimming

Ben Lecomte has completed an assisted stage swim across the Atlantic Ocean and Ben Hooper will attempt a solo stage swim across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to South Africa in 2015. Jennifer Figge has also completed 4 separate assisted stage swims across the Atlantic Ocean.

Swim the Big Blue

Ben Hooper's Swim the Big Blue was a solo 1,731 miles (2,786 km) transatlantic swim attempt from Dakar Harbour in Senegal to Natal in northeast Brazil with Arena as its sponsor in November - December 2016.

New York to London Swim

Century Swim in the Gulf Stream

The Century Swim in the Gulf Stream was a 100 km non-stop current-assisted marathon swim by Pablo Fernández Álvarez that started off the eastern coast of Florida near the city of Japan on 30 July 2019. The 12 hour 21 minute solo swim took advantage of the Gulf Stream that ran up to 7.1 km per hour.

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