Kimura completes four-year circumnavigation of the world

Kimura completes four-year circumnavigation of the world

On June 9 at the Ginowan Port Marina in Ginowan, skipper Kimura (fourth from left) and the crew members of the yacht Fang, who had just completed their voyage around the world.

June 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A yacht named Fang, with four people including 65 year-old skipper Takeo Kimura on board, completed a four-year voyage around the world. Kimura, who currently lives in Kanagawa, left Kushiro Port in Hokkaido on June 4, 2008. On June 9, 2012, he brought the yacht and its crew into the Ginowan Port Marina after being away from Japan for four years. He had actually prepared for the voyage based at the Ginowan Port Marina for the five months prior to setting sail.

After leaving Kushiro, they cruised all around the world, including Alaska, South America and Greenland. On the way, a volcanic eruption and a winter storm in Iceland forced the adventurers to hove to for six months.

Kimura said, “I came up with the idea of going on a cruise around the world from my honeymoon trip 35 years ago, in which I ventured across the Pacific Ocean.” He said, “On that occasion, we planned to go around the Pacific Ocean, but gave up part-way due to a malfunction of the yacht when we were at Easter Island. So we did the round the world voyage this time to make up for it.”

Kimura expressed his appreciation to the people who welcomed him and his crew in the Ginowan Port Marina, saying, “Wherever I went, I was treated like a guest who would be taken to wherever I wanted to go. I am really grateful to my crew members for helping me complete this voyage.”

Kimura intends to continue his yacht travel, saying, “Next, I would like to go to nearby countries such as China and the Philippines.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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