Next stop San Francisco as ‘longest swim’ embarks from Tokyo

first_imgMOST READ Part adventurer, part environmentalist, Lecomte hopes to raise awareness of plastic contamination and ocean pollution and his support team will conduct a raft of experiments on the trip, expected to take between six to eight months.Part of his daunting swim takes him through the Texas-sized vortex of garbage that floats between Hawaii and California, where tangled plastic will pose extra dangers.His team will collect water samples to learn more about the build-up of micro-plastics littering the area.He will be accompanied throughout by the 20-metre (67-foot) support boat Discoverer, where he will eat, rest and sleep before being dropped every morning where he stopped the previous evening.‘Plastic everywhere’ADVERTISEMENT He will face giant waves, sharks and jellyfish, and will also swim through part of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in his attempt to be the first to accomplish the feat of swimming across the world’s biggest ocean.“I’m very anxious to start right now,” said the swimmer as he prepared to take to the waves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHis son and daughter swam with him for the first hundred metres or so, then rejoined a crowd of around 70 well-wishers, with family and friends hugging each other on the shore.“It’s very emotional for a lot of people here,” said Lecomte. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Capitals on verge of Cup after blowing out Golden Knights Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lecomte aims to swim around eight hours a day and will burn off more than 8,000 calories daily in the process.In an interview with AFP just before he began his Odyssey, Lecomte revealed the mind tricks that keep him going through the physical torture of eight hours of ocean swimming per day.“The mental part is much more important than the physical. You have to make sure you always think about something positive or you always have something to think about. “When you don’t have anything to occupy your mind, it goes into kind of a spiral, and that’s when trouble starts,” he said.He said the hardest part was getting back into the chilly water every morning and admitted that he would hit a “wall” after around four to six hours every day.“I try to disassociate my mind from my body and everything that happens to my body — pain or cold, I try to put aside.”“I have a schedule of what I’m going to think about for those eight hours… it’s always about keeping my mind occupied.”Lecomte swam across the Atlantic in 1998, vowing “never again” after finishing, but he was inspired to get back into the water after starting a family.“When I was little and I was with my father walking on the beach, I didn’t see any plastic, or hardly any.“Now every time I go with my kids, we see plastic everywhere,” added Lecomte, who will also wear a device to test levels of radioactive material from the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant.center_img French marathon swimmer Benoit “Ben” Lecomte, takes the start of his attempt of swimming across the Pacific Ocean in Choshi, Chiba prefecture on June 5, 2018. Ben Lecomte dived into the Pacific Ocean on June 5, kicking off an epic quest to swim 9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) from Tokyo to San Francisco, through shark-infested waters choking with plastic waste. AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAUBen Lecomte dived into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, kicking off an epic quest to swim 9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) from Tokyo to San Francisco, through shark-infested waters choking with plastic waste.Under sunny skies, the 51-year-old Frenchman slipped into cool and placid waters shortly after 09:00am (0000 GMT), in warm and pleasant conditions with a slight breeze.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img

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