Beneteau that sailed around the world displayed in Korea
Published: Monday, 15 October 2018
Kim Seung-jin, an adventurer, documentary producer, and sailor from South Korea finished an around-the-world solo voyage – totalling 41,900km – on his boat Arapani, a Beneteau Oceanis 423. The boat is now being displayed at the Korea National Maritime Museum as the first non-stop sailing yacht in the country.
Kim embarked on his 210-day journey from Croatia and the Caribbean to Korea in 2014 and challenged himself to make no landfall along the way, and used no power en route. He travelled across the Pacific, the southern Ocean, the Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean, crossing the Equator twice.
Aside from the need to fixing equipment by himself, Kim encountered huge waves and strong winds when he passed Cape Horn at the tip of South America. He had a narrow escape from drift ice in the Antarctic Circle and had to pass through the pirate-infested Sunda Strait.
Now, as Kim has donated his yacht to the museum for permanent outdoor exhibition, he wants 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 into a coastal country.