On Saturday, April 20, successfully completed a journey across the Pacific ocean blind yachtsman, Mitsuhiro Iwamoto and his friend Doug Smith. 13-meter yacht, The Dream Weaver has landed in the Japanese Prefecture of Fukushima.
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Iwamoto and Smith out of San Diego on February 27. Distance with the length of 6000 nautical miles they had planned to overcome in two months. But it happened even faster.
“I’m the happiest person in the world, said Iwamoto reporters who greeted him. – My old dream has become a reality, and it’s fantastic. Now I know: people on the back everything. The main thing – to set a goal and go for it!”
About the Odyssey, Matsuhiro and the Arc we have already written. But now when their journey was completed successfully is not a sin, something to repeat.
That Mitsuhiro Iwamoto intends to cross the Pacific ocean (then he had to start from Japan, and to finish in the USA), a sailing publication in the world first reported in June 2013. And it was a sensation. Because Iwamoto – blind. Lost his sight in his youth.
While 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 your money is fully prepared for long hikes. All the last months before the start, he trained hard to improve their sailing skills, and…
You know the rest. 27 Feb The Dream Weaver with Iwamoto and Smith (both 52) on the Board came from San Diego. Standing at the helm they take turns, but the Japanese for the most part of the night. His dark obstacle was not.
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