Brrr, Getting Colder

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.

Onward Again

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. !!

Haulout and Maintenance Completed!

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.

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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.

imageThe 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!