The 15th annual "Hito-Hito-Hito" (meaning people x 3) Yacht Race, held in 2011, began as a program designed to assist people with physical disabilities experience the joy of sailing and the great outdoors. The event is held at Gamagoori City, Aichi Prefecture by the Yacht Race Executive Committee which is managed by local citizen activity center and so on.
"People x 3" refers to the participants with physical disabilities (the challengers), the crew who provide the yachts, and the volunteer staff who manage the event. The race is designed to provide all of these people with the opportunity to achieve their best-working together, learning essential skills in a collaborative fashion, enjoying the event, and making it a success. The participating volunteers work for two days: on the first day, they receive guidance from professional staff on how to manage the venue, handle wheelchairs, and assist the challengers in boarding the yachts. They are also given the opportunity to experience riding in a yacht. On the second day, the day of the actual race, the volunteers greet the challengers, guide them through the parking lot, help them to register, prepare a barbeque lunch, and assist the challengers throughout the day.
TMC has participated in this event by sending employees to volunteer since 2010.
Assisting challengers to board a yacht
Preparing the barbeque lunch
Race winners and volunteers