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Clagett congratulates blind sailor Mitsuhiro Iwamoto on his historic achievement

by Sam Crichton 23 Apr 09:24 PDT
Mitsuhiro Iwamoto sailing at the 2010 Blind National Championship at The Clagett © Clagett Regatta / Thornton Cohen

The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta congratulates Clagett alumni, Japanese blind sailor Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, on his historic achievement having sailed non stop from San Deigo, California to Iwaki, Japan on his 40footer Dream Weaver, assisted by his American sighted navigator, Doug Smith.

Mitsuhiro Iwamoto sailed at The Clagett in Newport in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 at the Blind Nationals at Sail Newport.

This is his second attempt at this record having made his first attempt in 2013, when he unfortunately had to be rescued after his boat collided with a whale and sank.

"This is an amazing achievement for any sailor and for Mitsuhiro to accomplish this without his sight makes it all the more incredible. We want to wish him every success with all his future endeavors," commented Judy Clagett McLennan, Clagett president and co founder.

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