Ikuo TateoRecently on the Melbourne to Osaka pages, we interviewed Mr Jun Kanda, a competitor in the 2003 and 2007 double handed events. Jun is very active in yachting in his home port of Nagasaki where he runs an Ocean Cruising School and publishes a regular and informative blog. He’s brought to our attention a trip currently under way by a friend of his.

Seventy five year old Mr Ikuo Tateo has recently set sail from Japan on a non stop solo voyage to circumnavigate the world via the western route. Ikuo has lived in Osaka for many years and is well known at the Osaka Hokko Yacht Club. He is doing the voyage in a 30 foot Japanese designed sloop called “Eolia” that he purchased second hand over 40 years ago. Because the voyage will take him down to below 40 degrees south as well as under the Capes, some work has been done to strengthen the boat in several areas.

Ikuo set sail from Ogasawara Island on July 5th and his latest reported position was 7 deg 21 south 154 deg 30 east which puts him west of Bouganville Island. So far he’s averaged around 80 mile per day and if this continues, it should have him entering Bass Straight later this month. He is in daily contact with Japan via Ham Radio and has an Iridium phone on board.

Having previously circumnavigated the world via the eastern route, Ikuo is certainly proving himself to be a capable sailor. Now about to head down the east coast, a decision has yet to be made as to whether he will take "Eolia" below Tasmania or travel through Bass Straight as he plots his course for Cape Town. More news as it comes to hand.

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最新のM2Oサイト 20032007年と 2度の出場経験者であり 母港長崎でオーシャン クルージング スクールを運営し、情報に富んだブログも運営している神田 純 氏のインタビューを掲載しましたが、その神田氏から、我々にとってたいへん興味深い現在進行中の冒険のニュースが届きました。

写真の男性は立尾征男さん(75歳)。今、西回り単独無寄港世界一周航海に挑戦中です。

ヨットは40年前に日本でつくられた30fスループを中古で購入、それに独自の改良を加え南緯40度帯とホーン岬通過のための強化をした エオリアです。

7月5日に小笠原父島を出航し、今日のポジションは南緯7度21分、東経154度30分、ブーゲンビル島の西です。今のペースで航海すれば(デイラン80マイルとして)、バス海峡がある南緯40度帯附近への到達は今月下旬となります。 ほぼ毎日、アマチュア無線あるいはイリジウムで日本と連絡しています。

M2Oと直接の関係はありませんが、彼は大阪に長く住んでいた人でもあり北港ヨットクラブの人たちの中にも名前を知っている人がいます。それは彼が太平洋往復単独航海と東回り単独無寄港世界一周などをすでに成功させたセイラーだからです。ケープタウンへのコースに変える前、バス海峡を通るか、タスマニアの南を通るのかはまだわかりません。

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