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Dispatches: News from the Field, November 1996
The Booze Cruise
The 58-year-old Horie has been a folk hero in Japan since 1962, when he became the first person to sail solo across the Pacific. At the time the Japanese government discouraged overseas travel and refused him a passport, so Horie set sail under cover of darkness and arrived in San Francisco 94 days later. In the years since he's logged seven more solo voyages, including circumnavigating the globe both latitudinally and longitudinally and piloting a nine-foot sailboat from San Francisco to Okinawa.
With all this open-ocean experience, Horie was clearly prepared for the rigors of isolation. Still, he found the starkness of his environment unsettling. "Everywhere I looked there was horizon--nothing but horizon," he says. "I felt like an astronaut in space."
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