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Monday, December 16, 2013

Société Nationale Des Phares Et Balises Crossing

Jacques Tuset of France completed the first Ar-Men Raid crossing between two mythical lighthouses in western France: Ar-Men Lighthouse and Tévennec Lighthouse on August 2nd, 2013.

The 50-year-old Tuset swam a rough 15 km from the start at Ar-Men and the finish at Tévennec as a charity swim.

Performed on behalf of the Société Nationale des Phares et Balises Foundation whose mission is to safeguard heritage lighthouses in France, the swim crossing was governed by the French Société Nationale des Phares et Balises (SNPB). "I faced 15 km of heavy seas, cold water under 16°C, jellyfish and very strong currents. But our first attempt of the Ar-Men Raid – a 5 hour 11 minute crossing escorted by kayakers Hugues Termeau and Patrice Le Roux – was a success.

It is considered by many sailors to be the most difficult place for navigation. Low tides expose reefs and the speed of the currents change with the wind and waves. It was an in-the-start start and finish. It is not only forbidden, but also dangerous [to start/finish on land]

Ar-Men is the first lighthouse that you can see when you come to France from America.”

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