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Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Discoverer Has Departed, Traversing To Tokyo

Courtesy of Paul Lecomte, Pacific Ocean.

It has been a very long journey to start transoceanic The Longest Swim, Ben Lecomte's attempt to complete a 6-8 month stage swim across the Pacific Ocean from Choshi, Japan (just east of Tokyo) to San Francisco, California.

His boat, the SV Discoverer and its 11-member crew each with their own particular talents and skill sets, left Hawaii on Monday and is currently heading to Japan.

The Discoverer should arrive in Japan in 20 days where Lecomte and his project manager (and nephew) Paul Lecomte will join the crew.

"We hope to start the swim late May," says Lecomte. "The swim will start in late May because it is the near the end of our weather window. We want to avoid the typhoon season. Ideally, we would have preferred to start earlier, but we did our best with the limited funds that we had.

Our team of volunteers did an awesome job to get us to the starting line despite our time and budget constraints

The logistics of conducting a solo 5,419-mile (8,721 km) stage swim across the biggest body of water in the world is formidable and it required several years of planning and fund-raising. The swim was originally planned to start in May 2012. "The boat will be resupplied with food and some of our science equipment before starting in Japan.

We will also do the last adjustments on our equipment on board like installing additional solar panels, assembling the dinghy provided by Trade Wind Inflatables, installing our sea drogue by Coppins Para Sea Anchor, connecting our fuel bladders by Fuel Safe, and wiring our fixed camera system that includes five waterproof and shockproof cameras that will record 24/7 on deck and below the deck provided by Dotworkz and Axis."

For more information on The Longest Swim, visit www.thelongestswim.com.

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