Former Port Lincoln resident Daniel Turner will use skills learnt sailing in Port Lincoln to traverse the high seas between Melbourne and Osaka in March.
Turner has thought about entering the Melbourne to Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race – Australia’s largest blue water yacht race spanning 5500 nautical miles – since he started sailing 20 years ago at the age of five.
Deciding to pursue this dream, he purchased a boat for the event 18 months ago and “ripped it apart and started from scratch” to get the vessel ready for the race.
“I was looking for a challenge...I thought this one was the way to go,” Mr Turner said.
“I wanted to show my kids what is truly possible in life if you set your mind to it.
“I guess I’m a little bit different to the average person.”
The route passes through multiple weather systems and seasons as it crosses the Pacific Ocean – autumn in Melbourne, summer at the equator and spring in Osaka.
“Hopefully we won’t get any cyclones or typhoons,” Turner said.
Turner has previously competed in the Sydney to Hobart and the Lincoln to Adelaide yacht races and in 2014 he competed in the 256-kilometre Marathon Des Sables, a seven-day footrace through Morocco’s Saharan Desert.