For the first time, a blind Japanese sailor crosses the Pacific Ocean

A Japanese sailor was the first blind person to cross the Pacific Ocean aboard a sailboat. Mitsuohiro Iwamoto, 52, arrived yesterday morning at Fukushima port on his 12-meter sailboat, about two months after his departure from California. The man, who lives in San Diego At the coast


A Japanese sailor has become the first blind person to cross the Pacific Ocean by boat.

Mitsuoiro Iwamoto, 52, arrived yesterday morning in Fukushima port on his 12-meter sailboat, about two months after his sailing from California.

The man, who lives in San Diego on the Pacific coast of California, left the American city on Feb. 24, accompanied by Doug Smith, an American sailor who helped him orally by providing him with information, including the direction of the wind. It is the second attempt of the Japanese sailor. Six years ago, the man made his first voyage, but ended quickly after his boat sank after a collision with a whale.

"I have not given up and achieved my dream, I am in Diari, thank you," the Japanese adventurer said at a ceremony on his arrival in Fukushima, ending a journey of nearly 14,000 kilometers. It was the first time a blind person had crossed the Pacific, and the Japanese, who had lost his sight at the age of 16, struggled to raise funds for charitable activities, including supporting doctors' efforts to avoid vision-causing diseases.

ref: emara

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