Pos:, 47 24N 156 27E, Cog 072T, avg 5.3kn. Another respectable run of 130 nm. Cooking meals and baking bread in preparation of upcoming low chasing five boats bound for various islands in the Aleutians. The low front is hundreds of miles long and looks like 24 hours of uncomfortable sea state in the midst of the blow. Konami is so great with her storm sails hoisted keeping us safe. The worst is the lack of wind, sloppy rolling sea conditions after the front passes. Wish us a quick recovery from Neptune’s temper tantrum.
Pos: 46 19N. 153 45E, sailing with everything we have in less than 10kn. Made 130 miles yesterday after motor sailing for nearly 58 hours. We were beginning to be a little stir crazy waiting for good wind. I think John may have been a little more on edge than I, what do you think? Sea state is good, watching the barometer closely as a low front is due to pass over us in a couple of days with some stronger wind and waves that aren’t comfortable. Wish us luck.
Current pos: 44.06.2N 150.37.9E, motoring sailing in very light wind and opposing current -.5kn. Waiting for that elusive wind to fill in. We saw our 1st whale since Mexico, believe it was a Grey whale. Konami and crew doing well, staying warm with cabin heat. Only 998 miles to go!
June 19: John is refueling from jugs that are tied on deck. sea is flat and no wind forcing us to motor 29 hours so far. The forecast has no wind for another 8-10 . We have 1400 miles to go for first available fuel. Come on kindly winds! Good thing is we are staying warm with the engine heat. There are 3 seals out playing and jumping up out of the water, nice to see wildlife.
Rough ride in 25kt winds and big seas. Made 100 miles in 24 hrs of which 70 was tacking opposite of Attu. Seasick, sleepless crew make for miserable sailing. Wind conditions are suppose to improve.
We have ben in Kushiro, Hokkaido for nearly 3 weeks. Finished up with small projects, and prepping the boat for our Alaskan passage. There are 9 boats heading to Alaska, 2 have made it to the Aleutians, 1 enroute for 20 days in very rough conditions, and the remaining of us have been waiting out typhoons and unusual low pressure systems in various ports.
John going Up the mast made a couple of ravens extremely agitated and vicious as they swooped down attacking his head. Quick job, and down as quickly as possible.
We are watching a string of low pressure systems coming up from the Phillipines making our decision to head out a little difficult. Hopefully we get our weather window soon. Keep watching, we will keep you posted via our Iridium Go satellite phone when we head out.
Send us good wishes for a safe crossing!
We’re on our way to Kushiro, departed from mainland Ofunato port this morning. The winds are light from the east forcing us too far north of our rhumb line. So far we’ve been fortunate and were able to sail on course with very little tweaking of sails. We may be motoring by tonight as the fickle winds swirl all around. Hoping to make this a “quick” 2-3 day passage as the cargo ship, fishing fleet, opposing currents and dense fog make sailing around Japan a little stressful, especially at night.
The days are forecasted to be sunny but cold. The water temp is down to 55 degrees, the interior of the boat is cool. We’re wearing our base layers with lite foulies for now.
It’s John’s birthday but no cake or wine for a few days. We’re saving our propane for the long trek across the Aleutians.
Back to the sails, wind just died. All is good aboard Konami.
We waited out two blows, one from the South that lasted four days, turned 180 degrees for two days from the North. The unanticipated stop brought the Japanese coast Guard to the port inquiring about our destinations. As usual very polite but overly suspicious of our intents. So now we’re on our way to Oaraii port, about 110 miles, an overnight trip.
The seas are calm with a long easterly swell with 1.5 knots of adverse current and no wind to help fill in the boat speed. Crew are doing well, happy to be underway once again.
We’re leaving behind new sailing friends who were so helpful and a real pleasure to be with. We will think of them often as they freely sail around Japan’s coastline in their Flicka 20′ sailboat.
Thanks for all the yummy food and safe wishes for our safe journey Mr. and Mrs. Yagi. !!
Our quick trip down the inner coastline was easy and gave us a chance to get our sea legs back and get our sailing skills back. The boat maintentance was a little more than we had anticipated. The Japanese paint we used last year didn’t adhere very well to the old Trinidad paint so we did a quick and dirty wash and sand, recoat of the waterline and other flaking areas. The propellor was scraped of barnacles, zincs changed and polished. We’re back in the water ready for a departure northbound to Kushiro, Hokkaido.
We finished the painting in 20 kts of wind, completed the cleanup process just as the rain started to pound onto the ramp. Big mess to clean up the interior and restow all the tools and gear.
We are heavily loaded with over two years of South Pacific souvenirs, Japanese food, clothing and dishes. Our waterline – thats the light blue stripe in the picture – is suppose to sit well above the water. Ahem, according to John – I have too much stuff on board.
The fueling is so easy here, they pull up next to the travel lift and they complete the fueling. All fine except of the cost of fuel is about $5.00/gal.
We are ready when the weather turns in the next couple of days. John has been wonerful as I cry when I say another goodbye to family and friends. Its so difficult to leave but we are focused on our passage.
Stay with us as we head out!
Saying goodbye to Japan. Departed our Japanese home, bound for Tannowa to haul out for q quick bottom cleaning. All of our friends were on the dock, toasted Neptune and wished us a safe voyage. We are so very sad to say goodbye!