The Vortex Swim

As a class, we have been following Ben Lecomte’s journey since he first attempted the Longest Swim in 2018, attempting to swim from the coast of Japan to the shores of Hawaii. Unfortunately, the Longest Swim had to be cut short due to typhoons and the danger to the crew’s safety. Now, two years later, we are anticipating Lecomte’s arrival in San Francisco from his latest expedition: the Vortex Swim.


The purpose of this swim from Hawaii to California is to raise awareness about the massive amount of garbage floating in the ocean known as the Pacific Garbage Patch. He planned to swim 300 nautical miles, directly through the millions of tons of plastic debris in the water. His arrival is scheduled for Saturday, August 31 in San Francisco. Swimming eight hours a day consistently since June 14, Lecomte and his team have been collecting data and water samples throughout their trip, counting and reporting the amount of waste and plastic they find as they travel.


I find Ben Lecomte’s project incredibly inspiring. I love seeing how hard he works and pushes himself to raise awareness and work on an issue he cares about. I really hope that he will inspire others to take action to undo the damage we have done to our planet. I am excited to see the information we can find out from the data he and his team collected on their trip and to see what we can do with that information. I am curious to find out about what kinds of plastics were the most common in the Pacific Garbage Patch and how we can prevent more of those plastics from getting into the ocean. If you want to read Ben’s logbook from his swim, you can read it here:–crew–log.

Works Cited

Icebreaker, director. The Vortex Swim – One Man, One Mission: Ben Lecomte | EN. YouTube, YouTube, 28 May 2019,

Munoz, Josh. “Ben Lecomte with Plastic Crate.” The Vortex Swim, 2019,

One thought on “The Vortex Swim

  1. Annica! What an amazing first blog post! I like how you went over in detail the background of The Vortex Swim. The information pertaining to The Longest Swim helps the reader understand what great lengths the crew went to to get the information out to the masses. I found the fact that he was not deterred by his first failure to be rather inspirational. Many have heard from a young age to try, try again. Lecomte has surly done just that on his journey through the ocean. I too am interested to see which kind of plastics were commonly found in the ocean. Also, I wonder if there is a reason why that specific type of plastic was most common. Would the type of plastic be most common due to the price to manufacture, disposal practices, specific companies that use the plastic more often? The answer to these questions can help the population correct their habits and hopefully reduce the amount of waste in the ocean.

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