Minoru Saito (born January 7, 1934 in Asakusa, Tokyo) is a Japanese solo yachtsman. He became the oldest person at age 77 to do a solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. He has successfully made eight solo circumnavigations. On October 16, 2004 Saito left Japan on his yacht Shuten-dohji II (in English: "Drunkard's Child," sometimes jokingly westernized by other sailors as "Shoot Your Doggy") and returned 233 days later to complete his 7th circumnavigation, non-stop. He finished his 8th solo circumnavigation, this time the "wrong way around," on September 17, 2011, after 1,080 days. He was 77 years old on completion.
Read more about Minoru Saito: Biography, Saito's 8th Solo Circumnavigation -- This Time The "Wrong Way Around"
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