Best Dressed Norfolk Gypsy in Asia.

Mitsuda sensei has finished my sail cover! Although not as essential as the cockpit cover, it is an important piece of kit as uncovered sails, exposed to the ferocity of the Okinawan sun, soon wither and die.

So well made.

The hallmark of Mitsuda san’s work is very high quality materials and meticulous attention to detail.

Beautiful, er English, clasps hold the sail cover together.

He is determined that the minimum number of photons strike my sail and so has designed elaborate flaps that protect the area around the topping lift. These are held in place with Velcro, which in Japanese is Magic Tapeu.

Wonderful zip up mast surround.
Typhoon buster

I have an immense sense of security now that my boat is so well covered, like having lots of firewood stacked as winter approaches.

Anyway, I go down to the Toya fishing harbor very early on Sunday to buy a fat fish. This I intend to fry up on the boat as part of a picnic. Oh no! there are lots of Octupi that have just been caught. Who can resist fresh Octupus. Not me.

It is nearly as tall as he is!
Big Octopi!

The idea is meet up with Mitsuda sensei, give him crazy amounts of money for the covers, go for a short sail and have a picnic, which now includes fresh octopus rather than fat fish.

Okubo san and Mitsuda sensei discuss finer points of sail covers.

We go sailing. It is a beautiful afternoon, with enough wind and calm seas. It is the last week of November but I am still in shorts and Tshirt. It must be 25 degrees.

Captain Okubo.

We spend far too much time out on the water and it is 4:00 before we start the picnic. I suddenly lose my resolve to cook up a 5 kilo octopus on my boat stove, magnificent though she be.

I do not drink it.

No worries. We have plenty of food.

Tomomi san prepares aesthetically beautiful picnic, sans octopus
Lunch at 5:00

So, suddenly it is getting dark. Okubo san and I rouse ourselves from, post too much food, languor, we re-furl the sail and rig the cockpit cover and the sail cover. She does more work than me.

Ah, Okinawa in the twilight of the year

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4 Responses to Best Dressed Norfolk Gypsy in Asia.

  1. calderi says:

    A very important feature of a sail cover is that the complete hash one has made of furling the sail is hidden. People may suspect but cannot see.

    • So right! I am unable to furl the sail well by myself. Two of us can do a pretty good job but as you say, who is to know once the sail cover is on. Mitsuda san is a great craftsman and has done an admirable job on both covers.

  2. Rachel says:

    lovely in every way! ❤

    On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 3:55 AM The Quiet Ripple Defines The Pond wrote:

    > spikekalashnikov posted: ” Mitsuda sensei has finished my sail cover! > Although not as essential as the cockpit cover, it is an important piece of > kit as uncovered sails, exposed to the ferocity of the Okinawan sun, soon > wither and die. So well made. The hallmark of Mitsuda ” >

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