Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Imagine before the age of 23, you have been an environmental engineer, worked in microplastic research, been involved in a citizen science programs, collaborated in social science studies, and sailed through the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Patagonia fjords, around Cape Horn, and to Antarctica.

That is the brief but eventful life of María Amenábar Cristi from Chile who will join Ben Lecomte’s The Longest Swim, his 8,721 km assisted stage swim scheduled to start on June 5th from Choshi, Japan to San Francisco, California.

To be part of The Longest Swim is an opportunity for me to combine my passion for sailing and the environment.

During the expedition, I will be coordinating the sampling collection for the protocols that we are following with the science team on land.

With The Swim, I hope to spread awareness about caring for the ocean and the urgency to change our behavior with nature through drawing attention on the impact our actions have on the ocean.”

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

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