Monday, December 24, 2012

No Rain No Gain

October 7, 2012

The sky looked heavy as we made our way to Lake Hinuma.  As we didn't get as many opportunities to sail this year, I was determined that whatever the weather, I was going sailing.

Along the way we were passed by a train -  a single car of the Kashima Rinkai Railway Ōarai Kashima Line which stops at Lake Hinuma - brightly painted with advertising for "Mentai Paku" (Pollock Park).  Mentai Paku is a company at Oarai Port, just a couple of miles northeast of the lake, where they pack marinated (read spicy) pollock roe.

By the time we reached the harbor, rain had started to fall.   We've sailed in the rain before, and I was not about to be deterred.  Happily, K was willing to brave the elements with me.  Don't know what the harbor operators were thinking about us as they launched Bluesette with umbrellas in hand.

Note the bird just left of the mast.

The rain was gentle, and not too cold.  Winds were light and variable, rising to five knots, but mostly less.  It was very peaceful in the quiet rain.  Quite a different experience. 

Surpisingly, we weren't the only ones on the water in the rain.

On the north shore, windsurfing class was in session.

A water skier was also enjoying the lake in spite of the rain.  Well, if you're going to get wet anyway, why not?

We were glad that we didn't let a little rain stop us from sailing.  The light winds allowed K to get in some tiller time and we both enjoyed the different sights and sounds of rain on the lake.

A hot shower and lunch at Mama's Kitchen brought a comfortable end to our  rainy day outing.

Until next, sweet sailing.


Sandscraper said...

Omedetou gozaimasu, for a wonderful day sailing and another great meal at Mama's.

PS. I love marinated (red spicy) pollock roe. Like you and Bragg's, I can't find it here in the Keys.

Merry Christmas!


Pandabonium said...

We will be happy to take care of you in that department, Sandscraper.

Happy New Year to you too.

Don Snabulus said...

Sometimes the rain is a nice, quiet way to spend the day. You are looking svelte...well done. Happy New Year!

Pandabonium said...

Happy New Year to you and Ladybug and S as well, Don.