Ed Odeven Reporting

June 10, 2007

SPORTS SCOPE

Shiraishi credits sailing career to mentor Tada

By ED ODEVEN

Published in The Japan Times
 
“Ask yourself when you last spent a single day with no human contact — then multiply this by 100!” — VELUX 5 OCEANS pre-race press release.

This was the challenge faced by eight extraordinary sailors during their around-the-globe competition, the VELUX 5 OCEANS, from October 2006 to May.

Kojiro Shiraishi, a Tokyo-born, Kamakura-raised sailor, completed the 48,280-km (30,000 mile) odyssey in 118 days, 1 hour, 42 minutes, reaching Bilbao, Spain, aboard Spirit of Yukoh in second place behind Bernard Stamm of Switzerland, who got there 15 days earlier.

There were only two stops along the way: Fremantle, Australia, located on the nation’s west coast, and Norfolk, Va. In between, the sailors braved the conditions — isolation, storms, winds, heat, cold — all the while managing themselves and their 18.2-meter…

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