Through Storms and Nausea We Learn More

Ben Lecomte is swimming across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to San Francisco. The distance is 5500 miles and will consist of 8 hours swimming per day for six months. Ben successfully swam across the Atlantic in 1998.

He is escorted by a sailing yacht, Discoverer/Seeker, where he sleeps at night and which is equipped to support him at sea for the 6 months.

He will be swimming across the North Pacific Gyre trash accumulation zone as well as through a great white shark migration zone. The expedition has technology to be able to spot nearby sharks.

The team finds and retrieves plastics every day

His goal is to direct awareness to the harm we are doing to our oceans and opt for more sustainable behavior. During his journey 27 different scientific institutions including NASA and Woods Hole will be conducting research in 8 different subjects related to the ocean and human endurance.

How every day looks to Ben – stream line in the middle and guiding boat on the side

Lecomte has been making slow progress due to storms, nausea, sea-sickness and battery problems with the electric engine of the RHIB, the rigid inflatable boat that tracks and assists him.

The winds have been coming from the northeast and creating current and swells such that after one 8-hour day he had only progressed 5 miles. His speed lately has been 1 mile per hour whereas a typical speed for him should be 2-3 miles per hour.

Lecomte and all boats are back at sea afer escaping a storm on Day 3. Very soon, Lecomte will enter into the Kuroshio Current which will send him into the much more rapid North Pacific Current, accelerating his progress. Until then it’s all slow going.

Click here for The Swim’s base page that explains the expedition, contains all the best photos and links for the expedition and will contain regular updates.

The Best Quest provides visual experiences of journeys. One by one you see the latest updates from the best expeditions and journeys currently under way around the world. Click here for more details.

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