Ikuo Tateo, Septuagenarian, Hopes to Row from Newport Beach to Japan, Has Sailed Around World Before
Don't let his date of birth trick you, Ikuo Tateo is no geezer.
Last week the 70-year-old man departed from Newport Harbor on a rowboat en route of his homeland--Japan.
As reported in a story for the Log by Taylor Hill, Tateo is no stranger to marine adventures. At 59, he earned himself a couple of world records for
rowing sailing around the world--a feat that took him 288 days. He held the record for taking the smallest boat, a 20-footer, and for being the oldest person to finish the trek.
This time he's taking a 30-foot boat, the article says, which he customized to use each nook and cranny for storage.
Ikuo Tateo, right
"And he has distributed the weight to one side of the vessel, which he said will make it easier to flip the boat back over if he capsizes. Solar panels and batteries will provide electricity for light at night, and Tateo has installed special reflectors on the boat, in case he needs to be located in an emergency."
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