Hiro’s Journal / ヒロ日記より 03.29.2019, Day 33

3月29日 日本時間午前7時 33日目 天気晴れ

北緯15度53分 東経178度21分 北東の風6.7 メートル 

波1 メートル  ヘディング275度 船速6ノット



堀江謙一さんは、1962年、歴史に残る、ヨット単独無寄港太平洋横断に成功されました。ヨットは、Dream Weaver の半分ほどの6 Mメートルに満たない、考えられない小さな船でした。

装備も 、GPS やオートパイロットもない状況で、食べ物に関しても、今私たちが食べているフリーズドライやお湯を入れるとご飯ができるようなものもなかったのです。多くの人に反対されて、政府からはパスポートも発行されないなか、挑戦したのです。



March 29th, 7 a.m., Japan Time, Day 33, Weather: Clear

15.53 N 178.21 E, NE 6.7 meters wind

Wave hight: 1 meter, Course: 275, Boat speed: 6 kts.

[ Respect for Kenichi Horie ]

We crossed the International Dateline yesterday around 3:45 p.m.. It was an emotional moment for me to realize this precious experience could never happen again. I am so grateful!

Kenichi Horie is the famous yachtsman in history to make a non-stop solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean in 1962. His sailing boat was very small that was 19 feet, and less than half of Dream Weaver.

He did not have any high-tech equipments we have, like GPS or Autopilot. There weren’t any freeze-dried foods, or instant rice that we only need hot water. Many people criticized and tried to stop him. Worse thing was the government didn’t even issue him a passport. But, nothing stoped him.

I respect Horie-san’s spirit of believing in himself and taking action for his dream.

If we successfully finish our adventure, I would liked to read his book “Kodoku: Sailing Alone Across the Pacific” again. I would love to meet him too. I wonder if anybody reading this have a connection to Horie-san…

Kenichi Horie, standing on the deck of his sailboat the MERMAID, arriving in San Francisco on August 12, 1962 after completing a non-stop, solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean. NPS SAFR P85.026pl



One thought on “Hiro’s Journal / ヒロ日記より 03.29.2019, Day 33

  1. Courtney Rapp, Rockport, MA, was telling friends in Florida of Hiro’s non-stop journey of sailing across the Pacific Ocean at 3:45 pm on March 29, 2019 unbeknowst that Hiro was experiencing his sailing across the International Date Line. There are no coincidences!


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