Celebrating Florida’s Quincentennial on a PWC
04/05/2013

Spaniard Álvaro de Marichalar has completed the epic expedition Ponce de León made 500 years ago to celebrate the discovery of Florida 500 years ago

Online PR News – 05-April-2013 – Miami, Florida – April 4, 2013 - Álvaro De Marichalar, famous for his world record Atlantik 2002 trans-Atlantic voyage from Rome to New York on his ­­­­PWC (personal watercraft vehicle), has accomplished his epic journey to commemorate the Quincentennial of the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de León.

Álvaro de Marichalar sailed solo aboard his PWC, Numancia, on a 14-day excursion throughout the Caribbean, which took him on an adventure from San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Augustine, Florida. After making stops at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Turks and Caicos; and Nassau, Bahamas; he arrived in St. Augustine on April 3rd, exactly five hundred years after Ponce de León stepped ashore on the land he claimed for Spain, “La Florida.”

A true test of endurance for man and vessel, de Marichalar had to battle storms, cold nights, hunger and fatigue in order to achieve his dream and complete his mission as planned. Protected from the elements by only his wet suit, Álvaro packed light with only the basics: water, snacks, toothbrush, toothpaste, cell phone, and flashlight.

Numancia, his powerhouse PWC, is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation equipment and even a GPS satellite messenger, which he used for updating his coordinates to his FaceBook and Twitter fans as well as his support team shoreside.  

This endeavor, Expedición Descubrimiento Florida 1513-2013, is the 39th such expedition for de Marichalar, 36 of which have also been solo missions. Álvaro embarked on this journey on March 20th from San Juan, Puerto Rico, tracing the steps of the explorer using the same itinerary made five centuries ago.  

The objective of Álvaro de Marichalar's Discovery Expedition of Florida 1513-2013, is to promote Florida, Puerto Rico and Spain worldwide while paying homage to the explorer Juan Ponce de León, as well as to promote a cause close to his heart, Haiti Stands on its Feet, http://haitiseponedepie.net.

Álvaro's Itinerary
De Marichalar’s solo voyage includes various stages, the last yet to be completed:

Stage 1: San Juan, Puerto Rico - Punta Cana, D.R. (131 Nautical Miles)
Stage 2: Punta Cana, D.R.- Turks & Caicos (232 Nautical Miles)
Stage 3: Turks & Caicos - Nassau, Bahamas (404 Nautical Miles)
Stage 4: Nassau, Bahamas - St. Augustine, FL (357 Nautical Miles)
Stage 5: St. Augustine - Miami, FL (500 Nautical Miles)

After arriving in St. Augustine, Álvaro will then cruise the Florida coast South to Miami thereby completing an amazing 1,624 nautical mile epic journey on his PWC.

About Álvaro De Marichalar
Álvaro de Marichalar is a Spanish businessman, mariner, speaker and politician. His passion is sailing, which he combines with his business commitments and personal causes. Since 1982, de Marichalar has carried out 39 maritime expeditions and has set eleven world records. De Marichalar also raises humanitarian aid and awareness for charities, such as Mensajeros de la Paz, Tierra de Hombres and most recently, Haiti Stands on its Feet. He is the author of the book "Rumbo al Horizonte Azul" ("Heading into the Blue Horizon").
 
Motoport USA and Álvaro De Marichalar
Álvaro de Marichalar is a close friend of South Florida powersports dealer, Motoport USA. Since the Atlantik 2002 expedition, de Marichalar has trusted the experts at Motoport USA to service his PWC. Motoport considers Álvaro de Marichalar the ultimate "thrillseeker," a term Álvaro embodies and is Motoport’s slogan, "Are you a thrillseeker?"  Motoport USA continues to support Álvaro on all his endeavors and is following his adventure daily on its FaceBook page, Motoport USAMiami, and on Twitter @Motoport. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Álvaro de Marichalar and see his PWC Numancia at Motoport USAupon his arrival to Miami in the next coming days.

About Motoport USA
Motoport USA is a Miami motorcycle, sport utility vehicle, sport boat and PWC dealer. An authorized dealer of Yamaha, Suzuki, Sea-Doo and Arctic Cat, Motoport USA has been a trusted name in powersports for more than 25 years. From service and sales to parts and accessories Motoport USA is a one-stop-shop for family-fun.