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14-Year-Old Boy Sails Solo Across the Pacific

Yuko Dokura from Japan

Sailing across the Pacific
Drawing: Yuko Dokura
Subaru Takahashi is a Japanese junior high school student from Shirone, Nigata Prefecture. He became the youngest person to complete a solo voyage across the Pacific.

Can you imagine a 14-year-old boy sailing across the Pacific all by himself?

That's exactly what Subaru Takahashi did. Subaru is a Japanese junior high school student from Shirone, Nigata Prefecture. He became the youngest person to complete a solo voyage across the Pacific.

He started out from Tokyo on July 22, 1996 in a 9-meter sail boat and arrived in San Francisco on September 16, 1996. It was a 10,000-km, 50-day voyage.

Subaru said his voyage was thrilling. When Subaru arrived in San Francisco he told reporters that he wanted to sail around the world next.

In an interview in Japanese, Subaru said he has been boating and canoeing since an early age. "I don't fight with nature. Nature is not an object that you refer to with a word like, fight.*

* The words quoted above are Subaru's words translated from Japanese to English.

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