Courtesy of Paul Lecomte, Kuroshio Current, Pacific Ocean.

After over a month break due to squalls and storms, Ben Lecomte is back swimming steadily and strongly on his 8,721 km transoceanic stage swim.

Over the last 5 days, he has swum a total of 26.87 nautical miles on August 22nd, 23.9 nautical miles on August 23rd, 20.51 nautical miles on August 24th, 23.73 nautical miles on August 25th, and 10.31 nautical miles on August 26th as he is whisked towards California on the Kuroshio Current approximately 1,274 km from his start point east of Tokyo, Japan.

Lecomte will be somewhere much further east in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on November 10th. On that day, he will give a speech from his escort boat during the 2018 WOWSA Talks held in The Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco.

It will be the first time open water swimmers at The Olympic Club will be addressed from the middle of the Pacific Ocean where Lecomte has frequently swum with whales, sharks, dolphins and turtles as well as run into plastics and other types of flotsam.

The WOWSA Talks (formerly called the Global Open Water Swimming Conference) and WOWSA Awards Dinner have been held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, in the United Nations Building in New York, in Cork, Ireland, and in Tunisia,” describes Steven Munatones. “But having Ben speak from the Pacific Ocean will really be unusual.

In addition, there are a number of icons in the sport who will also speak including Evan Morrison of the Marathon Swimmers Federation (LongSwims database, insights and data analyses), Oceans Seven swimmer Darren Miller (Utilizing Your Dryland Talents In The Open Water), Dan Simonelli of the Open Water Swim Academy (Planning and Logistics of a Channel Swim), Ed Rudloff and Mike McCaffery (The History of Open Water Swimming at the Olympic Club since 1860), Bill Brenner, Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Masters Swimming (Open Water Swimming with U.S. Masters Swimming), Bryce Elser, USA Swimming National Team Open Water Director (Athlete Progression to Podium Success), Shelley Taylor-Smith, 7-time world marathon swimming champion (The Year 1991), Ram Barkai of the International Ice Swimming Association (The Future of Ice Swimming), Pat Gallant-Charette (Never Too Old), Cameron Bellamy (Achieving The Oceans Seven), Oceans Seven swimmer Kimberley Chambers (Making A Comeback), Steven Munatones (Tactics and Strategies Used at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim), Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, Jaimie Monahan (USA) World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, Margarita Llorens Bagur (Spain) World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and Sea Donkey with Adrian Sarchet and James Harrison (Guernsey) World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

For more information on the 2018 WOWSA Talks and WOWSA Awards, visit here.

Follow up-to-date coverage of The Swim, visit here.

His live tracker is here for the 5,419-mile (8,721 km) transoceanic assisted stage swim between Japan and California that started on June 5th where he is expected to finish sometime in February – April 2019.

After today’s 4 hour 35 minute stage swim, he has a 4,312 miles to go.

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