An 83-year-old Japanese man becomes the oldest navigator to successfully cross the Pacific alone

An 83-year-old Japanese man becomes the oldest navigator to successfully cross the Pacific alone


In 1962, Kenichi Horie had already crossed the Pacific in violation of a Japanese law prohibiting sailors from leaving the country sailing.

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He arrived safely. An 83-year-old navigator landed in Japan on Saturday, June 4, after a solo and non-stop crossing of the Pacific. Kenichi Horie thus became lhas the oldest person to accomplish this feat, according to the organizers of the trip. The arrival of the sea adventurer in the Kii Strait (western Japan) marked the end of a voyage of more than two months aboard the Kii Strait. Suntory Mermaid III, equipped with solar panels. The adventure began at a San Francisco marina on March 27th. “I’m exhausted”Horie wrote on her blog on Friday after a three-day battle against opposing currents.

In 1962, the octogenarian crossed the Pacific at the age of 23, violating Japanese law prohibiting sailors from leaving the country by sailing, and smuggling into the United States. “I was constantly anxious and stressed about getting caught.”he said recently.

Kenichi Horie accomplished other exploits at sea, completing a 7,500km pedal boat ride in 1993 and embarking in 2008 on a Pacific-based boat made of partly recycled material. had relied on the driving force of the waves.



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