Ocean adventurer Kenichi Horie becomes world’s oldest to sail solo across Pacific
Japanese ocean adventurer Kenichi Horie on June 4 became the world’s oldest person to make a solo, nonstop 8,500-kilometer voyage across the Pacific in a yacht.
Hoeie, 83, reached the Kii Channel, which separates Wakayama and Tokushima prefectures, on the Suntory Mermaid Ⅲ, his 6-meter long, one-ton boat at 2:39 AM after setting sail from San Francisco on March 27.
“I’m very happy that I was able to return home without major problems.” He said by phone. “I’m grateful for the support I received from you all.”
The sailboat, which passed by Hawaii in April, utilized solar panels for electricity needs on board, and Hiroe used a satellite phone to speak with his staff and others on land.
The voyage traced a similar route to the one he made 60 years ago when he became the first yachtsman to cross the Pacific along with no port calls, from Japan to San Francesco.
Horie said he wants to keep challenging himself until he becomes a centenarian.
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