Kenichi Horie: 83-year-old Japanese man becomes oldest person to sail solo across the Pacific

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Tokyo (CNN) – Crossing the world’s largest ocean once alone is enough for an achievement. But Kenichi Hori, an 83-year-old Japanese ocean adventurer, has done so many times.

On Saturday, June 4, He set a record by becoming the world’s oldest solo yachtman traveling non-stop in the Pacific Ocean.

After spending more than two months crossing the world’s largest reservoir, Hori arrived in the waters of the Key Peninsula in western Japan at 2:39 a.m. local time.

“Don’t let your dreams be just dreams. Set a goal and work to achieve it and a beautiful life awaits,” Hori told CNN by satellite phone as he was leaving Shikoku Island for Wakayama, in its final stages. The trip

Hori sailed on his 990 kg (2,182 lb) and 19 feet long sailing boat – Suntory Mermaid III – From San Francisco, California, March 27.

He said some parts of the journey were challenging but he checks in with his family by calling on his satellite phone every day. “They would be worried if I didn’t call at least once a day,” he added.

Hori did not make any port calls during his voyage and was spotted on April 16 off the island of Ohio, Hawaii. It will reach Cape Hinomisaki in western Japan on June 4.

Sailors will attend the arrival ceremony in the city of Nishinomia in Hyogo Prefecture while the Santori Mermaid III will be taken to its home port, Shin Nishinomia Yacht Harbor.

‘Japan’s most famous yachtman’

In 1962, Hori was 23 years old Spare car parts salesman When he became the first person in history to successfully travel non-stop across the Pacific Ocean – from Japan to California, According to For the US National Park Service.

“I was confident I would do it – I just wanted to face the challenge,” Hori said, adding that he sometimes felt restless during storms at sea because he only had a radio onboard and no GPS at the time.

Hori remembers happily offering compost and beer to the Americans who came with him to the Pacific Ocean.

Although Hori did not have any official documents, he said that the then mayor of San Francisco was George Christopher. Gave him a visa.
At the time, donations were made to support Hori, and the media demanded that visits to her be limited to 20 minutes per outlet. The Gadsden Times reported.

Low-fi, eco-seller

Since that sensational first voyage, the fearless sailor has crossed the Pacific on environmentally friendly ships, including everything powered by one. Solar panels Others made from aluminum cans and Plastic bottle.
In 1999He sailed from San Francisco to Japan on a ship made of beer cage.

Hori has spent decades sharing the idea that the ocean is “an irreplaceable source of life for the earth” but said he does not recognize it as an environmental activist. “I’m just doing my job as a member of society,” he said.

Hori, who previously said he wanted to continue the journey until he was 100, never expected to travel alone, non-stop in the Pacific six decades after his first voyage.

“I did not think I would travel at the age of 83 but I am still healthy and I do not want to miss this opportunity,” he said. “The challenges are exciting so I want to keep trying.”

As for the mermaid – it was the first boat to land in America Held at National Maritime Museum in California.

The plate, donated by Hori, immortalizes his request: “Remember for a moment, if you will, the work of a young Japanese man who loved yachts and the United States of America.”

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