Sunday, June 27, 2010

We're Sailin' In The Rain

Just sailin´ in the rain,
What a glorious feeling,
we're happy again...

Hinuma, Bluesette, Lido 14, sailing, Japan
raindrops on lake Hinuma, and a lone, blue, sailboat...Bluesette

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.

I didn't order desert, but at Mama's - "shoganai" (it can't be helped). Rare cheesecake, ice cream with caramel, melon, cherry, and blueberries.

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:

All we could see for the area was light rain, so we launched. No other sailboats were on the lake.

Hinuma, Bluesette, Lido 14, sailing, Japan

The winds were light and from the west making for a relaxed, but not at all boring sail.

Hinuma, Bluesette, Lido 14, sailing, Japan
A water skier in front of the hotel we have stayed at with our friend Martin last fall - another, much wetter, rainy day sailing experience.

Some wind surfers were out for lessons. Their teacher was using a bull horn(!) from shore to instruct them. Annoying - we stayed away.

Hinuma, Bluesette, Lido 14, sailing, Japan

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, Bluesette, Lido 14, sailing, Japan

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.


Baydog said...

So Kimie enjoys carnivorous endeavors! What is rare about the cheesecake? The fact that Mama made cheesecake or the cheese that she used was rare? I'd love it either way.

Bluesette is just that: Sweet. What a great little boat. I got back in touch with dinghy-type sailing with the Flying Scot. So responsive and sensitive to any movements. It really brought me back to the M-Scow and Laser days of the 70's. Those days were the real formative ones for me. Priceless memories for a real sentimental guy.

Pandabonium said...

Baydog - Yeah, we don't eat meat at home, so when we eat out, Kimie will sometimes have pork or beef.

"Rare" cheesecakes are "no bake" cheesecakes that are popular in Japan. They're very soft and usually gelatin is used to harden the filling. I'll post a recipe.

Your post about the Flying Scot looked like it was a lot of fun. (That whole trip did for that matter). Bluesette has been a great boat for us - not too tender, but still exciting - and I'm really happy I decided to get back into sailing after such a long hiatus.

Baydog said...

Sailing is very patient. It waits for anyone on hiatus. It will always welcome back with open arms.
It will always be there. After a short time a long time ago, it did
that for me. I hope to never let it down again.

Anonymous said...

Good point about the Lido - it really didn't feel "tender" but feels like a real boat, "sturdy" and up for the job in the winds we had.

Sailing in rain - I actually loved it!


Pandabonium said...

MF - thanks. The Lido is a sturdy boat.

In sailing jargon, though, "tender" means a boat that tips over easily - as many popular racing boats will do. I chose the Lido over some smaller boats I thought of first, as they were more "tender" and would mean getting wet a lot more often. Kimie had never sailed before, so I wanted more stability.

We did get soaked those two days! But we loved it too, and in a way it was the kind of "hardship" that cements friendships to make them stronger for having endured it.