Thursday, October 8, 2009

Another Blast

We had a fun two days of sailing and sight seeing with our visitor last weekend. I'll have a full post with lots of pics up as soon as possible. Plenty of wind, and rain. We got soaked, but had a great time.

Meanwhile, here we go again with a storm. Typhoon Melor is howling outside the door and we won't see the worst of it for a couple of hours yet. So far, so good here.

I'm glad we went up to the lake yesterday and replaced the tie down rope (Bluesette and her sendai are tied to heavy eyelets set in the concrete parking area).

Before heading up there, we stopped in town and picked up a box of manju (a baked pastry filled with white bean paste) for the Hokutas. After I finished re-securing the boat, Mrs. Hokuta made tea and we sat in the club house with them and had tea and manju while chatting about the storm and sailing. They had pictures of typhoon damage at the harbor from about 7 years ago - wave surges lifted the decking right off the pier pilings and ripped huge chunks (one by two meters each!) of concrete out of bridges that used to connect each dock to the shore.

Typhoon Melor is heading inland now and it is hoped that it will be greatly slowed by landfall and Japan's mountains. Still, we expect 50 kt plus winds here shortly.

On a brighter note, K discussed taking an all-day sailing course with Mr. Hakuta and she is set to go next Monday, which is a national holiday ["Health and Sports Day" appropriately enough]. I'll sail solo while she takes the course. I'm looking forward to sharing the tiller with her on future outings.

Until next, sweet sailing.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that must have been some waves - lifting concrete blocks is not for the faint of heart. Difficult to imagine the forces of nature.

I had severe rain all night and woke up to bright blue sunny skies at around 8AM. Still windy but no damage.

Wishing you and K the best - hope her lesson goes well!


bonnie said...

Hoping the storm is kind.

Don Snabulus said...

Good luck!

Pandabonium said...

All's well here after the storm - we for us anyway. Some folks in another town here in Ibaraki Prefecture lost roofs, but compared to what Taiwan and the Philippines have gone through this year, not so bad.

HappySurfer said...

Good to know all's well after the storm. Hope K's course went well yesterday and you too had a great day out at sea yourself, PandaB.

Pandabonium said...

Thanks, HappySurfer. The day was a challenging and fun for each of us. Post coming with some pics (when I can get caught up!).