82-year-old sailor begins 29-day circumnavigation of Taiwan

KAOHSIUNG, Aug. 13 (CNA) An 82-year-old man set out from Siziwan in Kaohsiung on Saturday to attempt to circle Taiwan in a dingy sailboat for 29 days.

Chan Chengfeng, vice president of the Chinese Taipei Sailing Association, said the voyage had been his dream for the past 40 years.

Mr. Chan, who is also chairman of the Sailing Committee of the Kaohsiung Sports Federation, has been involved in yachting ever since he left the Marine Corps. Since 1976, he has worked to popularize the sport in Taiwan.

According to Chan, the biggest challenge was promoting the sport so that more people would know where and how to avoid dangers along the way when encountering problems at sea.

Meanwhile, a sailor in his 80s said he was thrilled to be “still enjoying this kind of fun” despite his advanced age.

“If you have enough water, food, sunscreen and wear a life jacket, this challenge is easy to accomplish,” he said.

Sailing coach Huang Guohong (黃国鴻), who helped plan the challenge, said Chan was in good company as two other sailors were with him on this trip, and Coast Guard personnel were also watching over his safety along the way. said.

Chang’s challenge takes him counterclockwise around the island.

He arrived at Dapeng Bay in Pingtung County around 3pm on Saturday. 82-year-old sailor begins 29-day circumnavigation of Taiwan

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