The Longest Swim

  • June 06, 2018

On June 5th, 2018 French swimmer Ben Lecomte dove into the cold waters off Choshi, Japan for The Longest Swim - a grueling 9,000 km transpacific crossing towards the US west coast.

Ben is no stranger to oceanic swimming, having completed a transatlantic crossing in 1998. Now, twenty years later, Ben’s daily swimming regimen will probe the limits of his physical and psychological endurance - a feat that’s been more than six years in preparation. 

The Longest Swim team will have their work cut out for them. The support sailing yacht Discoverer doubles as an autonomous research station, allowing the team’s scientists to investigate how the human body deals with extreme exercise, and to conduct experiments that raise awareness on climate change. In all, The Longest Swim team will be collecting data on 8 different research subjects that are supported by 13 major scientific institutions. 

During the crossing, YB trackers help visualise the team’s progress, and allow scientists back on land to interpret collected data geographically.

You can follow the The Longest Swim team on their official YB powered real-time map.

We wish the team safe travels - YB tracking is with them every step of the way.

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