Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nadezhda - Missed Hope and an Icy Bottom

Our Swedish Bluesette crewman Martin emailed me to let me know that he had seen Nadezhda at Yokohama the other day. Nadezhda is a 22 year old beauty (very tall and not too broad in the beam if you get my drift) from Vladivostok and I was keen to see her in person!

Her name means "hope" in English and I was full of it (ahem). As our roof is in the midst of repairs (at last!) of the earthquake damage, it would be a chance to escape the noise and flying roof debris. There was the matter of providing tea and snacks for the workers at break times, but K's mom offered to come over and take care of that.

Good thing I did some research about Nadezhda before we went to Yokohama - especially before setting the alarm clock for O'dark thirty to go meet her. Nadezhda you see is a Russian tall ship which has been on a tour of the Pacific. When I found her on on Friday, she had already left Yokohama and was off shore of Ibaraki heading north at 6.7 knots. Ah well, Martin got some pics with his cellphone which I get to share with you here.

At 360 ft length, 46 ft beam, she is much larger than Japan's Nippon Maru training vessel (307 ft long, 42.5 ft. beam) which I saw when it visited Maui around 1970-ish, and which is now on permanent display in Yokohama. Both ships are quite beautiful of course, but Nadezhda is rarely in my backyard.

Thank you, Martin!

So, today, instead of going to Yokohama, we headed for lake Hinuma and Bluesette. Along the way, we spotted a good sized sailboat on Lake Kitaura - a rare sight. My Canon camera had trouble focusing today for some reason, but the boat looks like a Catalina 27 to me. Must be quite old (like from the 70's) as the sail number is 247. I think it is docked at a little marina that we once considered which caters to bass boats on trailers. Kitaura is quite a narrow body of water for such a large boat - much longer than Hinuma, but only half as wide.


We didn't leave until after the roof workers had their morning break after all, so first order of business was lunch at Mama's. Sorry if regular readers tire of this routine, but we don't. :^)

I had spaghetti with a spicy tomato sauce and olives with tuna, K had the same but with bacon rather than tuna. Desert was roll cake with banana and grapefruit.



The task for the day was not to sail. It was a beautiful day, if a tad cold, but we were there to change out the boat cover and other minor maintenance. The "Sunbrella" cover has lost it's water repellant properties and has been growing a bit of green something or other on its top. We switched it out with a plastic tarp temporarily so we could take the Sunbrella home and clean it with a pressure washer and spray it with water proofing anew.

We were not surprised to see a little water in the bottom of the boat - about 3/4 inch - but we were surprised at the ice. It has been a cold December for us so far. More like January or February weather.


The club house is nearly finished, but for some concrete work around the outside for walkways. That will have to wait until warmer weather. Meanwhile, they will start moving in tomorrow. It is a bit smaller, but very well built and of course, it's *new*.


On the way out, we stopped to say hello/goodbye to Mrs. Hakuta in the temporary office where she was watching three grandchildren. Two granddaughters were playing with a "Hula Hoop". Reportedly, they have set a local record of 438 revolutions in one go!

Until next, sweet sailing... and hula hooping.


Martin J Frid said...

Nice post P, glad you liked the photos! Yes, she is a big beauty at 109 meters, double the length of Nippon Maru, and with a great rig.

Good to see that the new Club House is finished, the Hakuta's must be glad too.

Pandabonium said...

Martin - thanks again for the pics and heads up on the ship.

However, she is big, but not twice the size of Nippon Maru - 109 meters vs 97 meters for the Nippon Maru. There's a nice English language brochure (PDF) available at the Nippon Maru website:

In any case, we're sorry we missed Nadezhda, as all of these tall ships are an amazing sight.

Martin J Frid said...

I stand corrected!

If I read the Nippon Maru website right, the next full-sail days are Dec 23 and Jan 9. That would be worth seeing!

Pandabonium said...

Yeah, that is definitely on the short term "bucket list" of things to see!

Pandabonium said...

Martin - the 23th Dec and 9 Jan are a display of flags on the ship. Full sail days happen starting in April and occur 2 times a month from May through October and once in Nov. If you go to the website news page and scroll to the bottom, you can get a pdf file with the schedule for 2012.

(Thank you K, for finding that.)

Sandscraper said...

Are you sure that Mamma is not part Italian, you seem to eat a lot of pasta there.

The tall ships never cease to amaze me, I would love to sail on one some day.

Sandscraper said...


There is a great story behind this sailing vessel, here is a link in case you never explored this one before.

Pandabonium said...

Sandscraper - well, Mama's also offers a teishoku tray (rice, miso soup, veggie, etc) and I much prefer that when the main dish is fish, but often it is beef or pork, which isn't my thing.

Italian style restaurants are popular in Japan.

The Spirit of Bermuda looks great, and such a good program. Thanks for the link. :)

Arkonbey said...

Tall ships are the coolest!

Um... provided you don't have to sail one down around Cape Horn in the 19th century.

When I first saw your post I thought: "damn! I've been on that ship back in 1991!"

I wasn't. It was the Pallada that came to Kodiak in 91 and ended up trapped a month later in San Diego when the USSR fell (due to lack of funds for fuel and supplies).

I still have a neat hand-made-by-the-cadet wool beret with "Паллада-91" and a sketchy Soviet flag hand-embroidered on the side. Too bad we found out this spring that moths had found it. The little bastages.

Did you trade for some swag, or is it not so cool now that the USSR isn't...

Pandabonium said...

Arkonbey - Kewl! That's great that you got to visit Pallada. Pallada is just two years older than Nadezhda and is a sister ship - nearly identical. Both ships share Vladivostok as their home port, but operate under different owners (Pallada belongs to Far Eastern State Technical Fisheries University; Nadezhda by Maritime State University).

Martin- did you trade with any of the sailors?

Martin J Frid said...

Arkonbey, that's such a great story. Nope, no chance to talk to them or get som "rum" but if you look closely at the third photo, you'll see they are carrying (soft) Japanese tissue paper onboard. I guess the Russian kind is not so, hrm, "kind" to the touch! So, now you know what they really want, next time you get a chance.

By the way, even now there is legal trouble that means these beautiful ships cannot go to Hawaii or US territory, involving some stolen documents and whatnot. Hope that gets resolved soon.

WV: "Scorm" (souds like pirate talk!)