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Yachtsman Minoru Saito, 77, celebrates at Minato Mirai Pukari Pier in Yokohama on Saturday after completing his record 8th solo circumnavigation. His 56-foot sailboat, Nicole BMW Shuten-dohji III, put more than 53,000 kilometers under her keel in a drama-filled voyage that started in October 2008.

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Welcome home and good Job.

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Fantastic accomplishment. It's too bad thouugh that he had to name his vessel after his corporate sponsors. Corporate (re)naming of sports staudiums/arenas is bad enough but I draw the line at corporate naming of a boat/ship/vessel. I mean what a mess of a name: Nicole BMW Shuten-dohji III. It has no soul and there's nothing romantic about it.

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@USNinJapan LOL I didn't even notice that until I read your comment. Pretty funny. I agree but what can you do though ? There wouldn't be any reason for corporations to sponsor someone like him unless they name the shipt after them.

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Great achievement on a big boat considering he did it solo. But why mention the distance he sailed in kilometers and not in nautical miles?

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awesome feat.okaeri!

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Love this guy - one of the bravest gutiest Japanese out there.

And 77 - wow!!!

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I take my hat off for you a great achievement in any language

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A great achievement for anyone of any age, but more so when you are 77-years.

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A hero. There are not limits of age for fulfilling dreams.

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Great achievement !! And he is 77 years old !? Respect...

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It reminded me of the movie 太平洋ひとりぼっち (Alone Across the Pacific ) starring Ishihara Yujiro (1934-1987) , brother of the 78 year old Tokyo Governor.

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Welcome home Saito san!! You are an inspiration to us all.

It would be great if the networks could somehow skip airing [at least] one of those silly variety shows and replace it with a documentary of your achievements.

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