"North Shore" has a special meaning to Hawaii folks like Bonnie and world to class surfers, triggering images of towering surf, but in this case I'm referring to the North Shore of Lake Hinuma. K and I recently explored the area to see what it was like on the "Far Side". We found a lot of interesting things, some beautiful cherry blossoms, a nature park, and old style Japanese house with unusual lawn ornaments.
Then last weekend we went to the Yacht Harbor to get Bluesette ready for sailing. At this time of year, many Japanese households fly "koinobori" - carp streamers - from flag poles in celebration of Children's Day. The number of carps and their size, corresponds to the family members. A beautiful tradition. The carp is symbolic of strength and perseverance needed to overcome life's obstacles and lead a happy, healthy, successful life.
When we pulled off Bluesette's cover, we learned why we should visit her more often in winter months - a good 10cm of water was covering the bottom of the cockpit. We bailed and sponged it out, then decided we should just wash her and wheeled her down to the launching ramp to use the hose. The old sails had gotten wet too, so we spread them on the lawn to dry. I won't ever leave Bluesette unattended for that long again.
After a break for lunch at Mama's Kitchen (where else?) we did a dry run with the new Ulman sails just to see how they went up and check out how they look. I should have bought Ulman sails to begin with, but didn't know better. The old sails are adequate, but the new ones are wonderful. They are lighter and hoist more easily. The cut of the main makes for easier use of the downhaul and the simple, yet robust, snap attachments for the jib mean a lot less fuss when raising and lowering it. Perhaps the best feature is the large
Tomorrow, we sail!
Until next, sweet sailing.