This is a long overdue post, and hopefully the beginning of a wide and varied set of articles spanning the next year.
Sometime last March, during the some motorbiking action in Australia, I received a call about a little sailing adventure. Despite having good plans for the year in Australia, the lure of a truly unique and challenging sailing expedition quickly proved too much, and the motorbiking plans were soon in ruins, the bike in storage at (or under) Court’s house, I said goodbye to my newest friends , and was soon on my way Stateside.
This saw two small diversions in the way of Seattle, and a small drive down the entire Western seaboard of America. I finally arrived in the middle of the night at a marina in San Diego, greeted by two Frenchman, some snacks, and a bottle of cherry rum. Good first impressions.
The happenings of San Diego deserve an entire category of their own, which may one day make the first chapters of a failed book attempt, but let’s just say it was a rollercoaster of a 4 month ride, with many incredible friends made, some stressful times, lots of boats, some yacht sailing, some dinghy sailing , one occasion of flying, a weekend in the desert, and a bit of diving.
It was also the beginning of my extended and ever deeper involvement in a little project called The Longest Swim.
The Longest Swim is a to be a world record attempt at swimming the Pacific Ocean, from Tokyo to San Francisco. It is being undertaken by Ben Lecomte, who was the first man to swim the Atlantic Ocean previously. However, the swim actually forms only one part of what has now evolved into a ranging and fairly complex project, involving dozens of people and organisation spanning the globe, an in-depth scientific research project being carried out alongside the swim, and a sailing expedition unlike I’ve ever known being previously attempted in terms of logistics and strategy.
The last ten months of my life have gone into this. So will the next ten. We’ve planned it, re-planned it, visited the brink of failure, bounced back, bought a boat, recommissioned it, sailed it across an ocean, and are nearly ready to prepare it for the big expedition.
If the first ten months are anything to go by, there’s going to be a lot of story to tell in the next ten.
Onwards we go.