German Jonas Deichmann Swims from Karlobag to Dubrovnik

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 27th of November, 2020, German Jonas Deichmann swam all the way down to Porporela in Dubrovnik at around 14:00 recently as part of a big trip around the world during which he plans to swim 456 kilometres, run 5040 kilometres and cycle 21,600 kilometres, and thus tour the world.

Deichmann decided to swim 460 kilometres along the beautiful Croatian coast, more precisely from Karlobag down to the extreme south of Dalmatia, more precisely to the City of Dubrovnik, as part of his ‘360 Degree Triathlon’ project; writes local portal Dubrovacki vjesnik. He left the German city of Munich 58 days ago, and it took him 54 days to cover the Adriatic sea down along the Croatian coast.

From Dubrovnik, he plans to continue cycling all the way to no less than China, and the plan is to tour the entire globe in one year while engaging in the very first triathlon around the world. He slept under the clear sky along the entire Adriatic coast – in a sleeping bag, on the beaches and under the trees.

German Jonas Deichmann led, as he explained when he came out of the sea under the fortress of St. John, “difficult negotiations with the Chinese, when he wanted to swim through the construction site of Peljesac bridge.”

”They didn’t want to let me swim through or cross the bridge over the construction site. Nobody spoke any English, but I understood that they wanted me to walk around it. In the end, I promised them that I’d never return, so they let me swim through the construction site,” said the doggedly determined German. It was quite tiring, he admitted, and the sea wasn’t very warm – around 18 degrees. Occasionally he was stopped by one of the storms typical to the Croatian coast at this time of year, and he often ended up meeting jellyfish. Even on land, he says, it wasn’t much easier for him – he had a hard time finding food in places where he slept on the rocks, where there were no shops or restaurants.

Dubrovnik delighted him, it is one of, as he said, the most beautiful cities in the world he has ever seen.

Ivan Boban and Emilio Tulio joined him on the route from the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel to Porporela, thus supporting him. Both athletes are thrilled with his exploits and they poured champagne on him at the finish.

German Jonas Deichmann started the project called ‘360-degree triathlon’ on September the 26th, 2020, starting in Munich.

This adventurer is filming his journey for a documentary, and after the trip, he intends to talk about his experiences in lectures. He otherwise already holds two world records – he cycled Europe the fastest, and then did the same in vast Eurasia. He also crossed the legendary Pan-American by bicycle – it took him 98 days to cover 23,000 kilometres.

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