Horie Becomes Oldest Person to Sail Solo across Pacific


Nishinomiya, Hyogo Pref., June 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese sea adventurer Kenichi Horie, 83, became the world's oldest person to complete a nonstop trans-Pacific solo voyage on a sailboat in the early hours of Saturday.

He arrived at his destination off Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan.

His boat, towed by another ship, reached a marina in the city of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, also western Japan, on Saturday afternoon, with over 100 people gathering to wave at Horie.

After undergoing maritime quarantine, the resident of the Hyogo city of Ashiya is set to hold a press conference on Sunday.

Horie kicked off his voyage from under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in the United States on the morning of March 26 local time.

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