Another solo ocean traveler is making the news lately. French-American Ben Lecomte, 51, is attempting “The Longest Swim,” a 5,500-mile six-month swim across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to San Francisco. For support, he’s being accompanied by a 67-foot yacht with a crew of six. A photo of him from his Facebook page is shown (bit.ly/benswim).
The journey is also a “citizen science expedition,” he says, to perform oceanic and medical research. “The ocean is in peril right now,” Lecomte told Seeker.com. “It has never been done to collect data from one end of the ocean to the other.” You can follow their progress at benlecomte.com
Lecomte is no stranger to brutal ocean swims. In 1998, when he swam across the Atlantic to support cancer research, he was followed by a shark for five days and repeatedly stung by jellyfish. Even so, he made it in 73 days.
This crossing isn’t going smoothly, either. “A life-threatening typhoon has hit my swim across the Pacific Ocean,” he posted on Facebook this week, and the swim has been suspended for now. “But,” he added, “I am remaining as committed as ever to continue this epic journey.”