Altasea Open House
Saturday was Altasea Open House, such an honor to share the stage with Captain Charles Moore and XPRIZE. Thank you AltaSea!
Our new home Altasea
Our support sailboat Discoverer is now docked at The Longest Swim new base camp: Altasea Port of Los Angeles. Altasea is dedicated to scientific and educational project development and to start-ups with the mission to raise awareness about the state of our oceans. In the following months, the warehouses of the Port of Los Angeles will … Continued
[ THE WIRE ] Close to the California coastline
After we left you going into evening yesterday, a wonderfully clear night of fast and furious sailing ensued. With only a few clouds around and a full moon, we trucked along under yankee 1 and full main, making well over an 8kt average. Proper sailing again, with Disco doing what she does best in fairly … Continued
[ THE WIRE ] When we cross the road of the Transpac race
Shortly into the night two good things happened. First, there were dolphins, which is always a happy occurrence. Despite it being dark, the sound of these nimble creatures flitting in and out of the water around us is unmistakable, so you know they’re there even if you can’t see a thing. The second was Henry … Continued
[ THE WIRE ] The winches melody
I left you with an exceptional breakfast, and our first set of plastic trawling trials. The subsequent evening and night involved purely fickle sailing conditions, and all focus on trying to keep the boat moving. We spent 90% of the time with the sails capturing an almost imperceptible level of wind, their soft shapes above … Continued
[ THE WIRE ] Our first set of plastic trawling trials
If I had put money on someone to get the boat moving first, it would have been on Henry. However, I’d struggle to find anyone to take that bet, as they’d all agree. True to form, shortly after dawn I heard the rustling of sails, felt Disco gybe out of her hove-to state, and begin … Continued
[ THE WIRE ] A windless Pacific Ocean
Welcome to a windless Pacific Ocean. The telltale signs of the light airs we saw in the early part of yesterday evening were indeed an indication of what was to come, and by midnight the wind had died off completely, leaving us with a mercifully slight sea state, but still enough to gently roll the … Continued
[ THE WIRE ] A break in cloud
Finally, we had an evening that wasn’t just grey cloud in every direction, a very refreshing break! We’re still a long way off the amazing nights of unbroken starscape in every direction that have previously graced our time at sea, but right now I’ll take the occasional break in cloud cover to prove the stars … Continued
Follow Ben Lecomte and his team as they prepare for an epic swim from Tokyo to San Francisco, and the first citizen science expedition of its kind.
BEN'S JOURNEY ACROSS
THE PACIFIC OCEAN
A world record swim attempt
Ben Lecomte 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.
A 6-month unsupported journey
Living at sea for six months is no everyday accomplishment. The Pacific Ocean is one of the largest and most inhospitable bodies of water on the planet. The support boat "Discoverer", a 67-foot steel-hulled sailing yacht, will be fully equipped and 100 % self-sufficient to face such a long, unsupported journey.
A citizen science expedition
Under the direction of researchers from 12 scientific institutions including NASA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the crew will perform oceanic and medical research throughout the journey, marking the first time such scientific work will be conducted by the general public.
"I'm not an Olympic swimmer, I'm an adventurer who likes to swim."
“The Longest Swim is an exciting opportunity to highlight the deep connection we all have with the ocean — and the importance to protect and cherish it. Fins crossed for a safe crossing!”