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Friday, June 8, 2018

Day 4: The Swim With Ben Lecomte

Courtesy of WOWSA, Pacific Ocean.

Ben Lecomte is on Day 4 of The Swim, his 8,721 km transoceanic stage swim across the Pacific Ocean between Japan and California.

Lecomte's swim can be followed on the Seeker [see here] and on his website.

His live tracker can be seen here and a Facebook link is here.

Lecomte's thoughts on Day 2, "I woke up around 6 am. I wasn’t too stiff and overall I had a good night. My night was interrupted by my midnight meal, a plate of pasta and my regular bathroom stops.

I went on deck and found Yoav Nevo, our skipper, making adjustments to the sails. We had drifted over night more than expected and had to sail back to the spot I finished my swim the previous day. It took us a good part of the morning to get back to our position. Unfortunately, I know I would not have a full day of swimming. [First mate] Ty [Dalitz] was at the helm for most part of the morning and spotted a 3-foot long shark.

I was a little anxious before going in the water not because of the shark, but because of the water temperature. I put an extra layer on and hope it would be enough to keep me warm.

Ty and [medic] Maks [Romeijn] were on the rib and led me in the right direction. The extra layer did the trick. After the first two hours, I was back into my routine, letting my imagination guide me into my parallel universe. On the deep blue static backdrop in front of my eyes, images of my family started to form.

Every 30 minutes, Ty and Maks stopped me to feed me. Maks had some warm soup ready, my stomach enjoyed that.

My hands felt the cold each time they were out of the water and the top of my shoulder as well. It started raining and the air was colder than the water. During my feeding time, I noticed that Ty and Maks started to put on more layers and our visibility started to diminish.

After about 5 hours, Maks grabbed my hands to assess my body temperature, his hands were colder than mine. Both of them looked pretty miserable and were getting cold. Since our visibility was dropping and we were losing light, I decided to swim another half hour before stopping for the day. At times we could not see Seeker [so] stopping was a wise thing to do.

Before going to bed, we got another report from our weather routing partner that warned us of the system they have been tracking, it was developing faster and stronger than expected

Day 2 Starting location at 3:18 UTC: 035°45.379N / 141°03.808E
Day 2 Stopping location at 8:27 UTC: 035°52.808N / 141°22.237E

Video above shows Lecomte practicing before The Swim starts with his team.

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