TOKYO ( Associated Press) — An 83-year-old Japanese adventurer returned home Saturday after successfully completing his solo nonstop sailing voyage across the Pacific, becoming the oldest person to reach the milestone, according to his sponsors. .
Kenichi Horie reached the Kii Strait, off the western coast of Japan, after completing his transpacific voyage in 69 days. He set sail in March from a yacht harbor in San Francisco.
It was the latest achievement for the octogenarian adventurer, who in 1962 became the first person in the world to successfully complete a solo nonstop voyage across the Pacific from Japan to San Francisco.
Sixty years later, Horie repeated the path, in the opposite direction.
“I just crossed the finish line. I’m tired,” he wrote on his blog after arriving in Japan early Saturday morning.
He said his sailboat, the Suntory Mermaid III, was to be towed out after dawn for an expected arrival at its home port, the Shin Nishinomiya yacht port, in the evening. Local media said that on Sunday she will be given an official welcoming ceremony.
His achievement came after three days of struggling against the jostling of a strong tide. He blogged about it on Friday that he made it, but that he was exhausted and took a nap after feeling confident that his yacht was now on the right track to the finish line.
Horie has also made other long-distance solo voyages, including a circumnavigation of the world in 1974. His most recent expedition was his first since his 2008 solo nonstop voyage on a wave-driven ship from Hawaii to the Kii Strait, in Japan.