Lone Japanese yachtsman Kenichi Horie was given a hero's welcome on Sunday (4 May) when he sailed into the port of Tadaoka near Osaka at the end of his record breaking round-the-world voyage.
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Background: Lone Japanese yachtsman Kenichi Horie was given a hero's welcome on Sunday (4 May) when he sailed into the port of Tadaoka near Osaka at the end of his record breaking round-the-world voyage.
Horie's time of 275 days, 13 hours ten minutes cut 18 days off the record sat by Britain's Chay Blyth in 1971.
The 33-year-old Japanese yachtsman set out from Osaka in his 8.8m sloop Mermaid Three with food on board for 300 days. He passed the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa last November and rounded the stormy South American Cape Horn in early January.
Horie's first single-handed nautical achievement was in 1962 when he sailed from Osaka to San Francisco aboard the one ton Mermaid One. His first round-the-world attempt was made earlier in Mermaid Two - but the mast broke off in a storm just off the Japanese coast.
Horie's voyage has been heralded as "a contribution to internationalism" - but his main concerns during the trip were very Japanese. He dreamed of a hot bath and a rice cooker that worked properly.