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Ship Ohoy! Kaisei Maru offers chance for some real seafaring

Date Posted: 2003-01-10

When Japanese sail training ship Kaisei Maru docked at Naha Port Sunday morning that also brought a chance for some of those who dream about sailing the ocean in a real windjammer to live a bit of their dream.

Kaisei Maru has visited Okinawa regularly past ten years. The ship is operated by NPO Sail Training Association Japan and it offers through its “One-World Voyage” program short one-day sailing trips. The trips are open to all regardless of nationality.

The sailing trips leave the port at 10 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. The first two sailings start from Nago Fishing Port on Jan. 12 and 13. The ship then returns to Naha for two more day sailings on Jan. 18 and 19. It then heads for Miyako Island where it will be on Feb. 9 and the final port call will be on Ishigaki Island a week later on Feb. 16.

The cost is ¥3,000 for elementary and junior high school students, and ¥6,000 for high school students and adults. No previous experience is required to participate, but the number of participants s limited to the ship’s capacity. To apply, contact One World Network office in Naha at 098-835-1852 or e-mail chinen@ownet.info.

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