Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dry Run

As I've said before, Japan has four seasons: Too Cold; Too Wet; Too Hot; Too Windy.

Right now we're inthe middle of too wet, with 4 of the 5 last Saturdays offering rain.   Usually, this season (called "Tsuyu", written 梅雨, literally meaning "plum rain" in English) starts June 8th for us and gives the Kanto plain around Tokyo about 12 rainy days in June, lasting until mid to late July.  This year, as we had 22 rainy days in June, it seems longer than it is.

When the forecast offered a rain free, if cloudy, day, I jumped at the chance to finally get in our first sail of the year.  After breakfast I walked Momo around the block (in a very light rain) packed up my gear and cajoled K into the car.

By the time we reached the harbor, it was overcast, but not raining.  We went through our usual drill of preparing Bluesette for the wind and water.

New ball float on the mast head - check.  Life vests? check. Wind Vane on the mast head - check.  Raise the mast, attach the jib and tie it down, attach the boom, attach the main out haul and main halyard, partly raise the main.  Almost ready.  Whisker pole? check; new combination paddle and grappling hook? check; rudder? check; tiller?  Hmmm.   Where is the tiller?   I'm sure Tillerman doesn't have it.  Oh, yeah.  I left it in our garage where I had taken it with the intent of cleaning and lubricating it.

After that discovery, some sailor talk followed, then K cheerfully said, "It was good practice for us, anyway." 

We took our fruit and Oolong tea up to the club house and had a break.  After that we went back to Bluesette and "practiced" stowing everything and covering her up for next time.  

Dry Run on a Gloomy Day

When we finished we went to nearby Ikoinomura Hinuma Resort  and had a soba lunch before heading home.   Along the way, K stopped at a garden center and bought some flower plants for her flower garden.

Not a bad day considering we never even launched.  Now it's raining again.   More of the same forecast...  

We hope you readers in the US enjoy your 4th of July holiday.

Until next, Sweet Sailing!   (and don't forget the tiller)