By Akira Komatsu

            A sailing yacht was at anchor at the pier of Locharanza, which is situated to the northern

tip of the Isle of Arran in Scotland. The captain of the yacht is Richard Peart, 76 years old. He is a

retired yacht man from Manchester, but he is rather young for his age. Peart started sailing

35 years ago.

“I like adventurous sports very much.” said Peart. “I decided to try sailing because it was

very adventurous and exciting, and I had already been enjoying mountain climbing.”

Great Britain has had a long history as a seafaring nation, and sailing has been popular sport.

The spirits of sea has been handed down from generation to generation, and many British

people enjoy sailing not only on the rivers but also on the seas. We can see a lot of river boats,

and yachts at harbors. Peart is one of the British people who enjoy sailing and the courage to

sail in a yacht on the seas and oceans.

            In 1978, Peart challenged himself and sailed to Tierra del Fuego, an island off the

southernmost tip of the South American Continent, across the Strait of Magellan.

His yacht dropped in at the Island, and he climbed the mountain there. Then he continued

sailing through the Strait of Magellan, and along the South America. Finally he reached

the Panama Canal. After 7 months, he returned to Great Britain.

            He wanted to sail around the world some day in future, but he is not sure that his dream

would come true. Marine sports in general are very dangerous, but Richard Peart is always


careful about sailing and mountain climbing. Whenever he has a chance, he enjoy sailing

with his two sons.


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