Benoit Lecomte was the first person to dare on this adventure. His six-month long and 5,500-mile swim will introduce people to the world's oceans from within.
The idea of crossing the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to
His name may be familiar to you. In 1998, Benoit became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean swimming, starting from Massachusetts to the USA and finishing in France, with a one-week stop in the Azores. That swim was dedicated to Father Lecomte's memory and cancer research. The swimmer spent four years preparing for this expedition.
«The ocean is in danger»now," says Lecomte. - We don't really know much about it. No one has ever collected data from one shore to another».
Taking such an incredible journey, he hopes to raise public awareness of human impact on the world's oceans.
From Tokyo Lekomta is accompanied by Seeker, a yacht with six crew members, fully equipped for a six-month voyage. The athlete is resting after the daily sailing sessions and will be able to get help in case of need. The Lekomt sails about 30 nautical miles a day. Every morning, Seeker uses GPS data to bring Benoit back to the point where he was brought on board the night before. In addition to the usual swimming gear - a suit, a mask with a tube and flippers - the swimmer's arsenal includes an electromagnetic device that scares the sharks away and a biometric sensor. The data from the medical sensor transmits information about the Lecomte's health to the crew and the team of doctors on land.
The sportsman is equipped with
«This stain does not consist of large plastic elements, but of very small fragments," says Lekomt, "so you can not see its real size from a satellite. The only way you can detect it is to drop the network and estimate its density. That way you'll know you're in the Pacific Garbage Spot».
With the help of modern technology, Benoit is involved in several medical studies. His state of health is monitored by doctors in Texas.
«We are very interested in studying the limits of the human body," said Benjamin Levin, a doctor at the Institute for Sports and Environmental Medicine. - Benoit and his experiment are a perfect example»for us.
One day. June 5, 2018.
This day was very emotional: after so many years of preparation, I will
Day 15. 20 June
This morning a strong
20 days. 25 June A
I didn't get much sleep today. When it came time to sink into the water, it rained. The first two hours of swimming, as usual, flew by unnoticed for me, but I was worried about T and Max, who accompanied me on a kayak, because the rain did not stop. To our luck, a group of dolphins suddenly appeared, raising our spirits in no time. They let me get close, and half a minute I swam in their pack - it was amazing! Sometimes they'd jump out of the water, and I could hear T and Max screaming in admiration. A little later we met another pack of dolphins, but these didn't last long. They must have been interested in the fish at the bottom of the kayak. Such unique moments living together with their loved ones make them even deeper. It was a really memorable day, thank you, friends.
21 days. 26 June
Maria, Seeker crew: «As Ben continues sailing, we look after him and the boat crew while watching the vast ocean around. But the picture is not only majestic, but, alas, sad: the ocean is full of debris. Almost every minute we see something that shouldn't be in the ocean - bottles, foam, all sorts of plastic... Frankly speaking, I'm horrified at the realization of how much man has an impact on the environment, and especially at the fact that we do not notice it.
Whenever possible, we catch
With the help of GPS, we try to record the location of particularly large crowds of garbage.
It's interesting to understand the ways garbage gets into the ocean and what happens to it next. This can help to study the problem, but to solve it we need to fundamentally change our approach to consumption. And it is everyone's personal business - how much plastic they use, how they dispose of it, whether there is even a need for disposable packaging, given the dire consequences of using it.
I'm sure Ben and his crazy "Swim" is a great way to draw public attention to the problem and try to solve»it together.
27 days. July 2
The weather is wonderful again today. Early this morning, Mark spotted a turtle on my right. It swam very close, looking at me. It was followed by a colony of about 20 fish. After making a nearly full circle around me, the turtle and its entourage dived into the depths and dissolved without a trace. A couple hours later we saw them again, but not so close. In the evening we noticed the dolphins, but they wouldn't let us swim up.
45 days. July 20 Nausea
The weather was bad that morning and, according to the forecasts, no improvement was expected. Sharp gusts of wind and rain are not the best conditions for swimming, so Max suggested I take a moment to rest and eat enough, which I did. But I wasn't used to being on a yacht that was thrown up on the waves, so I started to puke. There's a big difference between being in a worrying sea in the water or on a yacht. In the second case, the body has to adapt to the rhythm of the boat, which can be quite unpleasant to throw on the waves, while in the water the same waves gently lift and lower you. So in the harsh seas I have to get used to being on board for a while, and sometimes, as now, it is accompanied by nausea.
48 days. July 23 The
appearance of whales
«Whales!» - Max screamed, pointing overboard. This morning Paul was at the helm, I was standing on deck with him. The whole crew gathered upstairs in a moment, and Paul turned the yacht around where the splashes were coming from. We all saw a great picture, with birds circling the water and whales splashing up and down. Paul stopped the yacht nearby, and within minutes there was a jet of water a few meters
This footage is one of the best in our journey.
64 days. August 7
Connection to the ocean
When I swim in the heart of the ocean, I don't need
65 days. August
8thWhat am I looking for?
I don't mind plastic, I'm responsible for its use. I'd hate to put extra weight on the shoulders of the next generation. Like many today, I'm trying to reduce the amount of packaging I buy. And I'm probably not ready to give up plastics in my daily life yet. But what I see in the ocean today makes me think about how to solve this problem. I hope that those who read this blog will hear me.