On 1st January 2009 hull No. 088, Aeolus, will leave Tokyo, Japan for Los
The Kanpei Earth Marathon is the first attempt to circle the globe using
only man power and the wind, and Aeolus will be one of the stars of this
Nippon Television Corporation show.
On board will be Hiroyuki Hiki, together with Kanpei Hazama. (Kanpei in
Japanese means “Cheers”!)
Kanpei Hazama is a TV personality, comedian and an accomplished marathon
Kanpei Hazama left Osaka on 17th December 2008 and is scheduled to arrive in
Tokyo in December, whereupon he will join Aeolus for the transpacific
crossing to Los Angeles.
Upon arrival at Los Angeles, Kanpei Hazama intends to run from California to
New York, maintaining 50 miles per day, where he will rejoin the boat.
The intention is then to sail the vessel to Portugal, whereupon Kanpei
Hazama will again don his running shoes, to cross Europe and Asia, the run
terminating in Shanghai, China, where he will rejoin the vessel for the last
leg from China to Japan.
This event, anticipated to last about 2.5 years, will be televised and
broadcast in Japan, and details can be seen here:
Aeolus, as you will see in the video, is satellite equipped, and, as soon as
it is available, we will post a link to the progress of the voyage.
There are many photos on the Aeolus blog, including demonstration of some of
the problems you might have encountered at http://aeolus.exblog.jp