Non-stop yacht in Korean museum

Just a handful of people have sailed solo, non-stop around the world in a yacht. Kim Seung-jin — an adventurer, documentary producer and sailor from South Korea — is one of them. Kim has devoted his life to exploring the world, having started sailing in 2001 and pulling off solo sailing adventures from Croatia and the Caribbean to Korea.

In 2014, he gave up his comfortable life ashore and embarked on a circumnavigation in his boat, Arapani, a Beneteau Oceanis 423. He challenged himself not to set foot ashore, and used no power during his 210-day voyage.

Kim sailed Arapani across the Pacific, the Southern Ocean, the Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean, crossing the Equator twice. He overcame numerous difficulties and dangerous situations, including fixing equipment by himself, and encountering huge waves and strong winds when rounding Cape Horn on the southernmost tip of South America.

Sailing through the Antarctic Circle, he had a close encounter with drift ice while, appoaching the equator, his route took him through the pirate-infested Sunda Strait.

Nothing stopped him from seeing through his dream and he returned to Waemokhang (a small port on the west coast of Korea) as a hero with some 41,900 kilometres under his keel. A film is being produced based on his adventure.

Currently, the Oceanis 423 that took skipper Kim Seung-jin around the world is on display at the Korea National Maritime Museum as the first non-stop sailing yacht in Korea. The purpose of Kim’s journey is to send a message of hope to people affected by the Sewol ferry incident, raising awareness about the beauty of the oceans and making South Korea a respected maritime country. Since Arapani has significant meaning for both Kim and the nation, he has donated it to the museum for permanent outdoor display.

Incidentally, three decades ago, Beneteau gave the cruising world the Oceanis, a revolutionary concept at the time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the range, Beneteau launched its new Oceanis 51.1 in 2017. One year later, at the 2018 Sydney Boat Show in Australia, the Oceanis 46.1 (above) was premiered to considerable acclaim.

For more information about Beneteau sail and power boats, contact David Walder at Simpson Marine.
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