February 18, 2021
The professional sailing team DMG MORI SAILING TEAM and skipper Kojiro Shiraishi completed the single-handed, non-stop, round the world yacht race “Vendée Globe 2020-2021” on February 11th.
Vendée Globe is known as the world’s toughest yacht race and is a sporting event that attracts a great deal of attention in France, the host country, and Europe. It is held once every four years.
Shiraishi has been known as the first Asian to participate at the Vendée Globe in 2016. Now for his second time, he finished the race as the first Asian sailor.
Shiraishi said, “The completion of the Vendée Globe has been my goal ever since I started sailing. I have spent almost 30 years to arrive to this day. After my first participation in 2016, that wish had become even stronger. I am really happy that I finally completed the Vendée Globe. To me, it is a race that fulfills my curiosity towards life, it makes me feel alive and completely connected to the earth. I will continue to sail with all my energy and optimism to send positive news to the world and to let the people in Asia and Japan know how amazing sailing is. Again, thank you very much for all your support.”
This article was translated by “T-4OO”.