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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Yoav Nevo Guiding The Longest Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Pacific Ocean.

Starting on June 5th on a beach in Choshi in eastern Japan, Yoav Nevo will begin the longest and possibly the most difficult attempt as an escort pilot in open water swimming history.

It is hard to think of a piloting responsibility more difficult than what the 37-year-old Israeli pilot will face as the skipper of Ben Lecomte's The Longest Swim, a 8,721 km assisted stage swim from Choshi in eastern Japan to San Francisco, California.

He is as ready as can be. Not only did he skipper practice runs all over the world including most recently a test sail between Southern California and Tokyo, but he also studied marine science and worked diving, sailing and other marine-related jobs as a skipper and sailing instructor for the past decade.

He described his motivations to be on The Longest Swim. "I was searching for a new sailing adventure and The Longest Swim was one of the interesting options I stumbled upon. I contacted Paul Lecomte and Ty and pretty soon got really excited about the all the different aspects of the project.

My missions in the expedition include boat handling, navigation, safety and general conduct on board. I will also carry some of the engineering tasks.

The Swim for me, as it is for anyone involved, is about more than breaking a record. There are many aspects to the project - personal achievements, teamwork, scientific research and raising awareness to critical environmental issues, all of which are inspiring and fascinating in my view. I would like to see us succeed in relaying the message that every dream should be chased and that our planet's health is of our concern and there is plenty we can do it
.

Back in April on the way to Japan, the wind generator made its introduction to my forehead. There was blood everywhere. I can’t tell you what a luxury it is to have two doctors [Lauren Horner and Maks Romeijn on the scene sailing with you."

Lecomte's swim can be followed on the Seeker or on his website. His live tracker can be seen here.

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