How’s that blind yachtsman, Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, who, along with his friend Doug Smith is a 13-metre yacht from USA to Japan? 6,000 nautical miles, among other things.
Normally things go. Today, March 28 is a day to remember: The Dream Weaver (the so-called yacht Iwamoto and Smith) have crossed the international dateline. Incidentally, yesterday the day was also significant: it has been exactly a month since the start in San Diego. Initially, the travellers had planned that their Odyssey will last 60 days, but now, as Iwamoto wrote in his blog, they hope to reach the Japanese coast even faster.
Well, this is great news for anyone worried about Matsuhiro and Arc. Well, if you about them is still not heard, missing our previous publication, we allow ourselves something to repeat. The more that this story is amazing.
Six years ago, in June 2013, the intention of Mitsuhiro Iwamoto go 6,000 nautical miles from the US to Japan, wrote a sailing publications around the world. Because Iwamoto – blind. Lost his sight in his youth.
At the same time, we emphasize he is an experienced yachtsman. With him on Board the 9-metre yacht was a Japanese television cameraman, who was to capture all the major moments of the trip.
However, on the sixth day it was gone: the yacht hit a whale (which was recorded by an underwater camera), and after a few minutes the boat went to the bottom. Fortunately, Iwamoto and the operator had to move to the life raft…
Psychological trauma, which then got Iwamoto (which, note, lives in the US) was the hardest. To cross the Pacific ocean was his lifelong dream. Besides preparing for the journey he spent most of his means, and on the second attempt do not have the money.
So everything is a dream and would have stayed if once Iwamoto met with businessman Doug Smith (an American, who, on the contrary, settled in Japan). He was not experienced, novice yachtsman. But he also had a dream of doing something noble.
Smith (both he and Iwamoto, 52 years old) bought a new friend 13-meter yacht, which was called The Dream Weaver and the money is fully prepared for long hikes. In recent months, he trained hard to improve their sailing skills, and…
27 Feb The Dream Weaver with Iwamoto and Smith (both 52) on the Board came from San Diego. Behind the wheel they take turns, but the Japanese for the most part of the night. He dark, you know, not a hindrance.
May God bless them to reach Japan. This story should have a happy ending.
The website of the Pacific –