IMOCA Globe Series48th
Points44 pts
Age53 (5/8/67)
Top performanceParticipated in the Vendée Globe 2016-17
Joined Imoca on2016
PartnersDMG MORI


Kojiro Shiraishi, is a sailor who has sailed around the globe three times. Born in Kamakura, Japan, a costal town south of Tokyo, Shiraishi has always admired the ocean and wondered what was hiding across the oceans.

Few years after witnessing the exceptional victory of the skipper Yukoh Tada during the BOC Ocean Race in 1983 (First Asian to win a round the world sailing race), Shiraishi has asked Tada to become his apprentice.

A master - apprentice relationship that didn't last long due to the sudden death of Tada who commited suicide in 1991.
Since his tragic loss, he dedicates all his races to his Master, Yukoh Tada.

His first round the world sailing was at the age of 26. (Youngest person around the world single handed, non-stop, without assistance at the time)
He raced his first around the globe race in 2002 during the Around Alone where he finished 4th (Class 40), then in the Velux 5 Oceans in 2006 where he finished 2nd (IMOCA).

After more than 10 years, he comes back on the IMOCA circuit in 2016 by participating in the New York - Vendee Race, (7th IMOCA), at the same time qualifying for his dream event, the Vendee Globe.

His dream comes true after participating in the Vendee Globe, however the Everest of the seas has been cruel to him. An early dismast after a month of racing near the coast of South Africa obliges him to retire the race.


He was the first Asian person to participate in the Vendee Globe, he wants to become the first to finish in 2020 on his brand new foiler IMOCA, "DMG MORI GLOBAL ONE".

Sailing Highlights

2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 10th
Vendée Globe - ABD
2016: Transat NY - Vendée - 7th
2015: Captain of the crew for the Hatsushima Double Hand Race in Sagami Bay
2015: Ooshima Challenge, Annual crossing with 4 orphaned children from Zushi to Izu Ooshima
2014: Crew captain for the filming of a documentary off the CroaGe
2014: Ooshima Challenge, Annual crossing with 4 orphaned children from Zushi to Izu Ooshima
2008: World record on the Pacific crossing with Lionel Lemonchois on the Maxi Catamaran 110d "Gitana 13" San Fransisco in Yokohama
2006-07: VELUX 5OCEANS class I 2nd, on OPEN 60d "SPIRIT OF YUKOH"
2002- 03: Around Alone in class II 4th, on OPEN 40d "SPIRIT OF YUKOH"
1998: World record on the Pacific crossing with Bruno Peyron on the Catamaran 80d "Explorer" Yokohama in San Fransisco
1993-94: Solitary round the world voyage by sail, non-stop, without assistance (176 days) (46,115km), on OPEN 50d "SPIRIT OF YUKOH", Record of the youngest sailor who completed this feat at the time at 26 years old
1991: Solitary crossing from Sydney (Australia) to Izu Matsuzaki (Japan) on OPEN 50d "KODEN OKERA 8th", after the death of the owner Yukoh Tada
1989: Crew member of the crossing from New Zealand to Hakata (Japan) on a 50d monohull, "OKERA7th ", for the Hakata Expo Race
1988: Crew member of the crossing from Tomakomai (Japan) to Nakhodka (USSR) on a 50d monohull, "OKERA 7th", for the Nakhodka Race


Sail numberJPN 11
Construction2019, Multiplast, Vannes (France)
Former names
Length18,28 m
Beam5,85 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind320 m2
Downwind600 m2


2020Vendée Globe


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