Ben Lecomte is taking on the Pacific in a 5,500-mile swim across the ocean. The long distance swimmer and his crew are preparing to embark on The Longest Swim: a swimming expedition from Tokyo to San Francisco in the name of science and sustainability.
Ben Lecomte is no stranger to crossing the ocean. He was the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean without a kickboard in 1998. This time, he will swim across the Pacific— for eight hours a day for six months—accompanied by a support sailboat and his six crew members.
The Longest Swim is so much more than an athletic accomplishment. It’s the first trailblazing expedition of its kind. Ben and his crew will conduct medical and oceanic research using equipment provided by such renowned institutions as NASA and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The Longest Swim is many things: It’s a world-record setting endeavour, an unsupported six-month journey, a science expedition and an opportunity to raise worldwide awareness for environmental sustainability and the impact that we have on our oceans.