It is Monday, September 21, and Ben Lecomte is just four days from his final destination of Quiberon, France. When Ben alights on the shores of France, he will have completed more than 3,736 statute miles across the North Atlantic.
Ben explains, “Swimming is difficult right now. I have to push hard against a north east wind and some pretty strong waves. But, I’m less than 200 miles from home and so looking forward to seeing my friends, family and all the kind people that have supported me through this whole event, that I don’t mind the extra work!”
Ben will arrive at Port Maria, Quiberon, on the beach just south of that port, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. France time (-6.0 hours USA eastern standard time).
At his completion, he will have swum more than 3,726 statute miles, setting a world record for long-distance swimming, and more importantly, raising the world’s awareness of cancer research.
Ben swam in memory of his father, whom he lost to the disease seven years ago. He notes, “When I was in pain, or when I thought about giving up, memories of my dad came to me and I knew I could go on. If one family avoids the pain and loss my family suffered, then my swim was worth it.”