How hot was it? So hot that to keep from being burned, I had to hold the (aluminum) tiller by its foam handle under the water until it cooled down before attaching it to the rudder. The weather folk say it got to 33°C (91°F) with humidity in the 55% range (Feels like 95°F). We think it was hotter than that out on the water. The white cockpit surface was OK to touch, but we could not rest our hands on the blue gunwales without feeling the heat big time.
Mindful of the risk of heat stroke, we had a cooler stocked with fruit juices and green tea, and went through over half of it while sailing.
Winds were fickle at zero to 7 knots from various directions, but we had a good time. I enjoy the challenge of shifting winds. On occasions when the wind slacked, I knew to keep the crew busy this time, so made up chores like scooping up jetsam or deploying/taking in the whisker pole. Here are the pics...
Above: An interesting portable sailboat with a hard center hull and pontoons mounted on the sides. I made a mental note of the name when it was being set up, but of course can't remember it now.
Mrs. H told us that there was another earthquake off the Tohoku region this morning at about 10 AM and wondered how I handled earthquakes. Kimie told her I grew up in California and was conditioned for them. We had been the road at the time this morning and didn't feel it at all. When Kimie translated the information to me she mistakenly gave the magnitude as 9.1.
I must have turned white as she immediately corrected it to 7.1 on the Richter. Still plenty big, but my mind had reeled at the thought of what a 9.1 could mean. Happily, no major damage or tsunami was reported.
A shower later it was time for Mama's. Here's Kimie in her new "A Song For Japan" T-shirt.
A closer look at lunch - Thick slice of salmon in a cream sauce, curried veggies, horenso (Japanese spinach) with bonito flakes, rice, pickled veggies, and miso soup with shijimi clams. The salmon was the best I've had in quite a while. That is saying a lot since I eat salmon about three times a week.
Did I mention that the weather was hot?
Until next, sweet sailing.