Japanese Man Becomes Oldest to Sail Solo Across Pacific (VIDEO)

From Associated Press
June 6, 2022

Kenichi Horie completed the non-stop solo journey from San Francisco to the Kii Strait off Japan’s west coast in 69 days.

An 83-year-old Japanese adventurer returned home on Saturday after successfully completing his solo non-stop voyage across the Pacific, becoming the oldest person to reach the milestone.

Kenichi Horie arrived at the Kii Strait off Japan’s west coast and completed his transpacific voyage in 69 days after disembarking from a San Francisco marina in March.

Kyodo News via AP

It was the latest achievement for the 80-year-old adventurer, who in 1962 became the world’s first person to successfully complete a non-stop solo voyage from Japan to San Francisco across the Pacific.

Sixty years later he traveled the opposite way.

“I just crossed the finish line. I’m tired,” he wrote on his blog after reaching Japan in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His success came after three days of struggling with the pushback from a strong tide. He wrote on his blog on Friday that he succeeded but was exhausted and took a nap after being confident his yacht was now on track for the finish line.

According to his sponsors, Horie’s return to Japan makes him the oldest person in the world to have completed a non-stop solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean.

Horie has also made a number of other long-distance solo voyages, including the circumnavigation of the world in 1974. His most recent expedition was the first since his solo non-stop voyage in 2008 on a wave-powered boat from Hawaii to the Kii Strait.

Additional coverage from The Associated Press.

https://www.newsy.com/stories/japanese-man-becomes-oldest-to-sail-solo-across-pacific/ Japanese Man Becomes Oldest to Sail Solo Across Pacific (VIDEO)

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