First Asian ever to finish Vendée Globe

Les Sables d’Olonne, France (February 11, 2021) – Kojiro Shiraishi, the 53-year-old Japanese solo skipper of DMG MORI, crossed the Vendée Globe finish line today at 10:52:58hrs UTC to become the first ever Asian skipper to complete the non-stop solo race around the world.

Sailing his 2019 VPLP design IMOCA, which is a hull sistership to Jérémie Beyou’s Charal, Shiraishi’s elapsed time for his race is 94d 21hrs 32mins and he finishes in 16th place, 14d 17hrs 48m 10s behind winner Yannick Bestaven.

Completing the course is the culmination of a 34-year dream, a major triumph for Shiraishi who spent more than seven days completing major repair to a potentially race ending tear in his mainsail which occurred just six days after the November 8 start. Since then, the Japanese skipper has had to sail cautiously to look after his fragile mainsail, always sailing with one reef in the mainsail…

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