Minoru’s sailing adventure was nothing short of extraordinary, overcoming his own health ailments and achieving his goals of sailing around the world.
Minoru Saito, a Japanese sailor, made headlines worldwide in 2011 when he finished his three-year solo sailing journey around the globe at the age of 77. Not only was he the oldest person to sail solo all the way around the world, he also did it “the wrong way”, from west to east, against the wind. Plus, he became the only person to make the around-the-world sailing trip alone eight different times in his life!
Minoru’s 1,080-day trip was not without its challenges, though. Along the way, he faced huge icebergs, massive waves, five typhoons, two tsunamis, and an earthquake—pretty much everything Mother Nature could throw at him on the open ocean. He also had to manage his own health, from chronic back pain and a hernia to a knee surgery and simply making sure he got his heart medicine delivered on-time.
He became the only person to make the around-the-world sailing trip alone eight different times in his life!
When he finally steered his 56-foot sailboat into the harbor in Yokohama Bay, Japan, Saito was greeted by cheering crowds of friends and supporters. “I’m already thinking about my next trip,” he said that day. “I never give up!” he later added.
Minoru showed the world that it’s never too late; that there is truly no obstacle to achieve your goals and live life to the fullest, conquering your most daring dreams.
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