See What I Sea

See What I Sea


Welcome to See What I Sea project.              

Mitsuhiro “Hiro” Iwamoto is a totally blind but excellent sailor who endeavors to cross the Pacific Ocean from San Diego, where he lives, to Japan, where he was born. He does not chase fame but a dream to help others, especially young people who feel useless and worthless. Please lean more about Hiro and join us to support his dream!  Learn more  >

See what I Sea Project operates under the fiscal sponsorship of of MarinLink, a California nonprofit corporation, exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended EIN # 20 0879422. All donation to See what I Sea Project is tax-deductible.


March 9th  (Sun) San Diego Half Marathon

Hiro is set to run the San Diego Half Marathon March 9 to raise funds for a planned sailing trip from San Francisco to Honolulu. 
BIB #6994

Jan 25th (Sat) 2014 Cabrillo Ocean Series
Hiro will participate in 2014 Cabrillo Ocean Series hosted by 
Southwestern Yacht Club.
2702 Qualtrough Street
San Diego, CA 92106

Sail Number : 77422
Boat name : Olson 30
Skipper's name : Keith Ericson   

June 21st (Fri) Japan time
Blind sailor, supporter rescued off Japanese island 

SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force on Friday rescued a blind sailor and his supporter in the Pacific off northeastern Japan after their small yacht was flooded with seawater, the Japan Coast Guard said.

Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, 46, and his supporter, 57-year-old newscaster Jiro Shimbo, were rescued at around 6:15 p.m. in waters around 1,200 kilometers southeast of Kinkasan Island in Miyagi Prefecture, the coast guard said.

They were taken to the MSDF's Atsugi Base in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo, the coast guard said, adding they were not injured and looked healthy.

Iwamoto, who has actively participated in yacht races for the visually impaired in and out of Japan, and Shimbo left Onahama port in the city of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan, last Sunday in a bid to cross the Pacific to San Diego, California.

Earlier Friday, an MSDF search-and-rescue amphibious aircraft tried to rescue the pair after their office sought help from the Japan Coast Guard in the morning, saying the 6-ton yacht, about 13 meters long and 3 meters wide, was flooded with seawater.

But stormy conditions prevented the aircraft from rescuing the two sailors, who were waiting to be rescued aboard a lifeboat.

The MSDF sent another amphibious aircraft to the area to replace the first plane, which had to turn back due to a shortage of fuel after attempting to rescue the pair for around an hour.

Iwamoto and Shimbo left Osaka on June 8 and called at Iwaki, where they presented two training yachts to a local high school and other clubs that lost their yachts in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, their office said.

Iwamoto and Shimbo had planned to arrive in San Diego in August.

June 16th (Sun)  10:00 Donate a small sail boat to Iwaki Kaisei high school &

                                       Iwaki Sun Marina Jr.  Yacht Club in Fukushima, JAPAN

                            13:00 Departure from Fukushima, JAPAN to San Diego & Press conference


June 8th (Sat) Estimated date of departure from Osaka port to Fukushima, JAPAN

May 26th (Sun) Open interview at Osaka hokko yacht harbor



March 13th (Wed) Hiro's "Blind Sailing Press Conference" in Tokyo 

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On June 2013 Hiro will sail from Japan to cross the Pacific, arriving two months later in San Diego.

March 8th (Fri) Fundraising event @ O'Brien's American Pub 5PM!

March 10th (Sun) San Diego Half Marathon (Estimated starting time is 7:26 am for Wave 6! from Petco)

February 24th (Sun) CBS

February 24th (Sun) NBC

Sailing Partners wanted! (Read more)

Sponsors wanted! (Read more)

 (This is See What I Sea's own fund-raising to support Hiro. Japanese TV program production "Project D2" is not involved in our activities.)

Volunteers wanted! (Read more)


10/26-28/2012: U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship

6/1/2012: Hiro will sail in 2012 Regatta (Read more)

3/11/2012: Hiro completed San Diego Half Marathon (Read more)


Watch how Hiro sails.

Hiro will be in the 2012 California Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta on June 1.

On June 1 2012, the Island Yacht Club and the Marin Sailing School Program for the Blind are jointly hosting the 2012 California Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta for sailors who are blind and visually impaired in the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Nine teams from the USA and abroad have been invited using J/24’s, the same class of boats for the World Blind Sailing Championships to be held in Japan 2013. Hiro will participate in the race as the Main Sheet Trimmer of Team Massachusetts. For more information, please visit the official race site at




Hiro ran the 1st San Diego Half Marathon.

On March 11, 2012, Hiro competed in the first San Diego Half Marathon, marking the one-year anniversary of the day the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit his homeland of Japan. A totally blind person like Hiro cannot run without a guide runner who gives verbal and physical instructions (e.g. elbow lead, tethered) to the runner. He was tethered to his guide runner, Mr. Amakawa, and got directions through the short rope. They were forced to give up the tether and slow down when the course was too crowded or other runners bumped in between them. However, they could compensate the time when they had enough room and finished their challenge with big smiles. His run and interview were broadcasted by FOX and NBC news.

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Will you be Hiro's sailing supporters?

We are looking for collaborators and volunteers to sail with him on a regular basis and possibly a crew position for Transpac 2013. Hiro is an experienced sailor with great personality looking for more offshore experience to make his dream come true.If you can help us by including Hiro in your crew, or know of someone else who could be interested in helping us and Hiro please contact us. If you have any questions and would like to speak with us and Hiro please contact at

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Hiro wants your support.    (This is See What I Sea's own fund-raising to support Hiro. Japanese TV program production "Project D2" is not involved in our activities.) 

He is looking for a crew position in 2015 Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac). It is an essential challenge for him before the big challenge. Your donation will be used to cover this endeavor.


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Send checks and money orders payable to "See What I Sea Project" to:

Address: See What I Sea Project

             C/O: JAAC

             4683 Mercury ST Ste H

             San Diego, CA 92111


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We need your help.

We are looking for people who want to contribute to this project. Except for accountant, sailing assistants and reporters, you can help us from anywhere in the world. Please contact us at

People we want are:

Website manager who knows HTML and has time to update the website on a regular basis

Accountant who can report the project financial result once a month

Video editor who can edit and upload videos on demand

Sailing assistants who can drive and sail in the weekend

Editors/Reporter who can talk with Hiro and make reports on a regular basis


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