DNOWS Header

Image Map

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Day 5: The Swim With Ben Lecomte & Oncoming Maliksi

Courtesy of WOWSA, Pacific Ocean.

With Tropical Storm Maliksi is bearing down on the Discoverer and its crew and Ben Lecomte.

The storm formed in the Philippine Sea, off the northeastern coast of the Philippines with bands of thunderstorms circling the center, rainfall and gusty winds up to 40 knots (46 mph/74 kph). Maliksi is forecast to move parallel to the coast of Japan - right in the path of The Swim, Lecomte's 8,721 km transoceanic stage swim across the Pacific Ocean between Japan and California.

Lecomte's dryland team reported, "Ben had no choice but to pause in the face of a rapidly developing storm until the situation is safer. The boat has redirected to safer water until the storm subsides.“

Lecomte reported in his blog, "There is a long list of forces outside of my control that I can’t change. This only thing I can change is the way I think about them and react. Weather is on top of this list. For the sake of the overall effort, the only option for us was to go back towards land and anchor in a protected location, let the system pass and then sail back to where I stopped to resume swimming."

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 as escort pilot Yoav Nevo head for safer waters.

First mate Tyral Dalitz is shown above in a squall before the swim started.

Copyright © 2008-2018 by World Open Water Swimming Association

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program