What a glorious feeling,
we're happy again...
We arrived at the harbor around 11 am and had Bluesette ready to go by 11:30. We decided to have "lunch before launch" so as to maximize our time on the water. Mama's Kitchen did not disappoint.
Kimie had pasta carbonara and I chose pasta with horenso (Japanese spinach) and sea food. Hers included slices of pork, mine (shown below) had a snappy tomato sauce with scallops, shrimp, and squid.
While we were eating, a gentle rain began to fall. Kimie suggested waiting to see what the weather would do, I thought we should just go, rain or no, as we would be getting wet either way, and that's what we did. Mr. Hakuta showed us a cool website that shows rain and thunderstorm activity in our part of Japan. It evidently uses radar data to display rain and lightning. It's offered by TEPCO, the electric company for Tokyo and surrounds. If you care to take a look, the site is here: http://thunder.tepco.co.jp/cgi-bin/main.cgi?area=5&zoom=4&type=1
All we could see for the area was light rain, so we launched. No other sailboats were on the lake.
The winds were light and from the west making for a relaxed, but not at all boring sail.
The rain was never heavy, though it kept us a little wet and meant periodic bailing by Kimie to keep the bottom of the cockpit from getting slippery. With the lake nearly to ourselves, we had a great time.
Hinuma harbor's owner, Hakuta-san, maneuvering Bluesette to her sendai (dolly).
The rain stopped as we reached the dock and didn't start again until after we had stowed the sails and washed the boat down and were just about to put Bluessette's cover on. Good timing.
...we're sailing and dancing in the rain....
Until next, sweet sailing.