Kenichi Horie on the Suntory Mermaid II wave powered boat has reached his goal in the Kii Channel between capes of Hinomisaki, Wakayama Prefecture, and Kamodamisaki, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan.
His voyage began March 23rd when he left Honolulu, Hawaii. Powered only by wave action on the 33 foot all aluminum catamaran's flipper propulsion system, he was expected to make Japan by late May. Small waves and contrary currents made for a slower crossing.
Mr. Horie covered 6100 km (about 4000 miles) in 109 days using wave power alone. He also had a 650 watt solar electric system that powered his lights, radio, and microwave oven.
Omedetou gozaimasu Horie-san! Congratulations on yet another inspiring ocean voyage demonstrating the principles of recycling and sustainable energy. Who knows how this wave propulsion technology might be improved and implemented in the future?
As Kenichi Horie said before leaving Hawaii, "Oil is a limited power source, but there is no limit to waves."