Hiro has been a competitive sailor in US as well as in Japan for several years. In 2006, he competed the Blind Sailing World Champion at Newport, Rhode Island as the Helmsman for Team Japan (His racing experiences are listed below).
Hiro has also been training and competing as a runner in Southern California. He competed in his first half marathon in 2010 and his second in the first San Diego Half Marathon on March 11, 2012.
The first See What I Sea Meeting was held on March 11, 2012.
Following the 2012 San Diego Half Marathon, and on the one year annivesary of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, over 20 people gathered to show support for the project to make Hiro's dream come true. Hiro's run was in honor of the victims of Japan, and he started his speech with a moment of silent prayer. Hiro describe his experience as a blind runner that day, and shared his passion for sailing across the Pacific Ocean. Amazing food and drink were generously provided by veteran sailor/chef, Kitamura-san, and project co-chair Otake-san. The meeting was held at the Otakes' residence.
2012 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship
2012 California Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta
2010 Blind Sailing National Championship Newport, Rhode Island (J 22, Driver)
2010 Border Run Newport Beach to Coronado Island to San Diego (Nelson Marek 43, Main Sheet Trimmer)
2009 Blind Sailing National Championship Newport, Rhode Island (J 22, Driver)
2009 Border Run Newport Beach to Coronado Island to San Diego (Nelson Marek 43, Main Sheet Trimmer)
2008 Blind Sailing National Championship Newport, Rhode Island (J 22, Driver)
2006 IFDS Blind Sailing World Championship Newport, Rhode Island (Sonar, Driver)
2005 6th Japan Blind Sailing Championship Hayama, Kanagawa in Japan (Y 30, Driver)
2005 14th Tokyo's Cup Tokyo to Oshima Island in Japan (ILC 40, Jib Sheet Trimmer)