THE LONGEST SWIM across the Pacific

$8,295 of $23,800 goal

Raised by 60 people in 20 months
Benoît Lecomte  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Embark with us! My team and I are preparing for The Longest Swim , a citizen science expedition across the Pacific. Now you may have some questions…

What is The Longest Swim?

In short, it will be the first attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean; but there is much more to it than that. Our larger aim is to conduct research and raise awareness of the state of our ocean

Wait… what?

I will swim from Tokyo to San Francisco, an average of 8 hours a day. With the help of the currents, it should take me 6 to 8 months to cross the 5,000 miles.

How? When will you sleep and eat?

I will be escorted by a support vessel Discoverer and 8 other adventurers. They will mark my GPS location when I break for the day to eat and sleep in the boat. The crew will then bring me to that exact same spot to dive back in the next morning.

But…why swim?

I have always swum for a reason, it’s my way of expression. In 1998 I became the first man to swim across the Atlantic Ocean without a kickboard, as a tribute to my father and to support cancer research. This time I will jump in the water in the name of science and protecting our oceans. 

How can you swim AND help protect the ocean at the same time?

More than just a swim, The Longest Swim will be the first citizen science expedition of its kind: my crew and I will collect valuable data on the ocean, including plastic pollution, for 14 research projects directed by 27 scientific institutions. Our team on land will also work with several organizations including Algalita and The Ocean Institute to highlight initiatives around the world and invite you to take action.

When does it start?

My crew is currently sailing Discoverer to Japan to get ready for the departure. If the weather conditions are good, we expect to start the swim late May from Japan.

How can I help?

By donating on this page, and sharing the story with your friends! Everyone in our team is volunteering, your support will allow us to buy food and pay our satellite connection along the way.

How can I follow you?

This expedition is a story we want to share with you! You can already follow our progress on social media, and through our website with a logbook and a live tracker. At sea, we will be sharing regular content from the middle of the ocean via satellite. With your help, we will open up a window to the ocean, explore this mysterious world together, and learn how to better protect it.

… and what about the sharks?

I will wear a magnetic bracelet to repel sharks without harming them, you can check my full kit and learn more about the project on our website.

More info  and contact on The Longest Swim website.

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Update 2
Posted by Benoît Lecomte
9 months ago
Destination: JAPAN!
My crew left Hawaii with our support boat Discoverer last Monday. I will meet them in Japan in about 3 weeks for the last preparation before the departure. If the weather conditions are good, we expect to start the swim in late May.... exciting!!
The Disco Crew at Kewalo Basin Harbor
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Update 1
Posted by Benoît Lecomte
20 months ago
Thank you all for joining us on Gofundme!

Maybe you were part of the 127 amazing backers who supported our last Kickstarter Campaign? As you might know we did not reach our campaign goal, and according to the “all-or-nothing” rule of Kickstarter, nobody was charged for his pledge.
With Gofundme we have now adopted a different approach to our crowdfunding initiative that will built on our existing engagement, offers flexible use of donations (no all or nothing) and allows us to allocate them to different aspects of the project as we move from the pre-swim, to the swim and finally the post-swim.

To all of you, amazing bakers and supporters, I ask you to please donate and support our project like you generously intended to do previously, and share it!

And for all the others, welcome to The Longest Swim family!

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$8,295 of $23,800 goal

Raised by 60 people in 20 months
Created May 9, 2017
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Pierluigi Miceli
1 month ago
Heather Main
1 month ago

Ben is making sure we understand how dangerous this plastic in the ocean is to sea life and to humans. LET'S CLEAN UP the OCEANS.

Luca Bella
4 months ago

That's an impressive challenge, I admire your bravery and your motivations. "What we have done so far counts nothing, the only challenge which matters is the next one..." (cit.)

Masroor Farooqi
7 months ago

This is an amazing feat of human endurance. Good luck and a lot of will be following you on your journey

Caroline and Grant Sutton
7 months ago

Thank you for embarking on this difficult and amazing for the sake of our oceans and the natural world! Donated in honor of my brother Grant's birthday.

Isabel Kohlbacher
7 months ago

C'est nickel! Bravo Ben, bonne continuation ...

Dirk Grundt
7 months ago

I believe in you

Anne Holdridge
7 months ago
Rishi Singhal
7 months ago

For thinking bigger than just I

Mark Mayall
7 months ago
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