|K steers from the lee side of the boat while I snap some pics.|
Our first opportunity to sail in 2014 turned out to be Sunday, July 6th. By the end of the week, typhoon number 8 "Neoguri " threatened with wind and rain.
Laser/Sea Hopper sailors were busy holding trials for the Japan national races. Sadly for them there was not much wind, so only four boats were competing.
As I had mislaid the little pad thingy that attaches the camera to the mount, pics had to be done by hand. K took the helm to allow me to take some pics of the racers.
|Three Sea Hoppers and a Laser attempt to start a race in light winds.|
|In honor of my youngest daughter I wore a Notre Dame shirt and my newly acquired Boeing cap.|
The wind was gentle and only reached about seven knots. A nice breeze for our first time out this year.
A new radiation monitor was in the lake's center. It sported a wind speed and direction monitor. Monitors of the ocean bottom have shown that in ridge and slope areas there is little radiation, while in low muddy bottoms the radioactive particles have settled. Glad I gave up sea food due to other health issues!
|One of two radiation monitor stations in the lake now.|
K took a couple of embarrassing pics of me after we docked. Here I am undoing the downhaul/cunningham before lowering the mainsail.
After sailing there was no "Mama's" to go to for lunch, so we visited Ikoinomura Hinuma (the neighboring resort) to grab some lunch.
|Soba (buckwheat) noodles|
On the way out, I noticed the large lotus ponds that hotel has in front of it. I took this pic which coincidentally showed the back side of what used to be Mama's restaurant. Sigh.
|Lotus flowers are so beautiful and the root is a delicious veggie. Lotus also has a long history in Asian culture as a religious symbol.|
Until next, sweet sailing!