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Monday, May 28, 2018

The Window, Waves And Winds Of Ben Lecomte

Video courtesy of Viral Maniacs, Pacific Ocean.

Many channel and marathon swimmers have a specific window of time in which they will start their swim attempt.

A swim window is longer than one day and can be as long as several weeks or months depending on weather conditions and the specific body of water where the swimmer will swim. A swim window is necessary in order to allow the swimmer to avoid difficult or impossible conditions due to weather or other unexpected phenomena (including lightning, storms, winds, sewage breaks, political or legal issues).

But few swimmers have had a window like Ben Lecomte who will finally start The Longest Swim on June 2nd from Choshi on the east coast of Japan.

The Longest Swim is a 6-8 month stage swim from Japan to California that will start in Chiba Prefecture, just east of Tokyo.

After Lecomte swims beyond the view of the Japanese shoreline off in the horizon, perhaps as soon as June 3rd or 4th, he and his crew do not expect to see land - or perhaps even people and other boats - until perhaps as late as January or February 2019.

"Over that long period of time, Lecomte and his crew will face waves, winds, marine life and myriad issues (including communications, operations, logistics, food supplies, water sustenance, medical needs, scientific and research reporting) unlike any other aquatic event in history," predicts Steven Munatones.

"Just thinking about the potential size of waves and turbulence that he may face until next year is mind-boggling. It is downright scary to be perfectly frank, but Ben and his team have had years to prepare for anything and everything they will face. And we will be able to see videos and photos from his swim and follow his progress via GPS, social media platforms, and other communication systems they have set up

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