Japanese Skipper Kitada Ready For Route Du Rhum
Zeeshan Mehtab 1 year ago Fri 26th October 2018 | 06:21 PM
Japanese skipper Hiroshi Kitada will at 54-years-old embark on his first Route du Rhum next month with the modest goal of finishing the demanding race and inspiring his compatriots in the process.
Lorient, France, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Oct, 2018 ) :Japanese skipper Hiroshi Kitada will at 54-years-old embark on his first Route du Rhum next month with the modest goal of finishing the demanding race and inspiring his compatriots in the process.
Kitada looks a picture of happiness as he manoeuvres out of the port, the wind in his silvery hair and his hand on the wheel.
"It's a beautiful day for sailing," he says, going on to explain his grandfather was a fisherman and that he himself grew up by the sea.
"The first time I saw a yacht sail with just the power of the wind i was transfixed," he said.
- Dangerous race - He made it home in last place but completed the remarkable feat in 23 days, or four days faster than legendary French skipper Eric Tabarly on his fabled Pen Duick II back in 1964.
"It was a dangerous race in tough conditions with the wind at 50 knotts," he says. "But I did it, I made it, crossing the finish line is a sensation of such force it is beyond explanation." Kitada now has seven races under his belt and has impressed esteemed French sailor Halvard Mabire, who will also be on the Route du Rhum race.
"He'll push through with anything he sets his mand to, he's not just another participant and he won't be the last one home this time," the 61-year-old Mabire told AFP.
Kitada laughts off the praise.
"I'm just an amateur, I see these champions as way ahead of me, there's a world of difference between us, I'm happy to be in contact with them but there is no competition between us," he said.