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Japanese sailor, 83, becomes oldest person to sail solo across Pacific – Boston 25 News

Japanese sailor Kenichi Horie, 83, becomes the oldest person to sail solo across the Pacific The 83-year-old adventurer became the oldest person to complete the challenge, media reported. (NCD)

Japan’s most celebrated sailor continues to build on his legacy.

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Sixty years after becoming the first human to cross the Pacific Ocean in a non-stop solo voyage, Kenichi Horie did it again on Saturday. The 83-year-old adventurer became the oldest person to complete the feat, The Associated Press reported.

In 1962, Horie sailed from Japan to San Francisco. On Saturday, it arrived in the waters off Japan’s Kii Peninsula at 2:39 a.m. local time, ending a voyage that began in San Francisco on March 27, The Guardian reported.

“Don’t let your dreams remain just dreams. Have a goal and work towards it, and a beautiful life awaits you,” Horie told CNN via satellite phone.

Horie said his boat, the 19-foot, 2,182-pound Suntory Mermaid III, was to be towed after sunrise for an expected evening arrival at his homeport of Shin Nishinomiya, according to the AP.

Horie made no port calls during his voyage and was spotted near Oahu, Hawaii on April 16, CNN reported.

In 1962, Horie was a 23-year-old salesman of auto parts when he was navigating the Pacific on the Mermaid, a 19-foot plywood boat, according to the National Parks Service website.

“I had confidence that I could do it – I just wanted to take on the challenge,” Horie said.

Horie left Nishinomiya on May 12, 1962 and 94 days later sailed unannounced under San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. He had no passport or money, and Horie said then-San Francisco Mayor George Christopher issued him a visa.

In 1964, Horie wrote Kodoku: Sailing Alone Across the Pacific, which documents his first solo crossing of the world’s largest body of water. When asked why he wanted to sail solo across the Pacific, Horie, who was 23 when he accomplished the feat, said, “Well, I crossed it because I wanted to.”

“When you decide to do something – when you are determined to do it – there is only one way,” Horie wrote. “Work out your own ideas about the general course you will follow and stick to it; Stand by these basic ideas and take responsibility for your actions.”

Horie sailed around the world solo in 1974, according to the AP. His latest trip was the first since he sailed solo on a wave-powered boat non-stop from Hawaii to the Kii Strait, the news outlet reported.

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