It's been hot in Japan. On Sunday (July 7th) it was already 34°C (93° F) in 65% humidity as we set up Bluesette at 10:30 AM. The wind was much less than I'd hoped for, making matters worse. Seven Sea Hoppers and Lasers languished on the water waiting for a breeze so they could get on with qualifying for the Nationals this year.
|The seventh sailor was feeling heat stress and had come back in to wait for the wind.|
Across Japan, hundreds of people get hospitalized with heat stroke on days like this - from school kids doing athletics, to over zealous joggers, to old folks who simply don't have air conditioning. Sadly, a few die.
As we sailed down wind after launching - feeble wind though it was - K wondered aloud how long it would take to get back. I was just sailing away from the race area, and was outwardly pretty confident that the wind would pick up. In my mind, however, I was recalling another scorcher of a day in 2010 that saw us breaking out the paddle to get home. I named that post "Pancake Hot Cake Sunday".
Happily, I soon started to see some ripples on the water, and as I changed tack toward the wind, we picked up speed. For the rest of the day the wind was about 8 knots giving us good sailing conditions and some reprieve from the heat.
Here are 8 minutes of unedited sailing of one of our tacks across the lake. Lots of striped mullet were jumping and one slammed into the jib and bounced off the fore deck - ouch.
For those who missed the mullet hitting the jib (hint: it happens before the 5 minute mark), here it is in slow motion:
We came back to the harbor at 1:00 PM. Two hours was enough this day. As we washed down Bluesette, I came across a wasp nest under the port rail! They didn't seem very happy, especially when I removed their nest. Luckily, it was very small, so there weren't many wasps to dodge. Sorry my little friends, no hitchhikers.
I was really beat by the time we got Bluesette put away and headed for a cool shower. The air conditioning of the new club house was most welcome.
Mama's Kitchen was the next oasis along our way.
K had a salad, pasta with spicy roe topping, and desert.
I enjoyed a teishoku tray of green mellon and blueberries (in lieu of fried chicken); onigiri (rice ball), pickled kabu (turnip), tofu, and iced sōmen (thin wheat noodles) with tomatoes and cucumber and iced tsuyu to dip it in.
|Mama's Kitchen bliss...|
Our sweet doggie Momo (the Wonder Dog) was waiting for us with a wagging tail when we got home. She had spent the day on guard duty - laying in the shade - and was ready for her second walk of the day.
Thankfully, K walks Momo in the evening. I was ready for a nap.
Until next, sweet sailing.