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Nagano – Best Place in the World! Part 2

Nagano – Best Place in the World! was a much longer entry than the version that was posted last night. I think there might be a maximum length for WordPress posts. Anyway the piece was cut off in mid paragraph … Continue reading

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Nagano – Best Place in the World!

Off we go to Nagano! Plane to Haneda, shinkansen to Ueda. Do I need to add to the acclaim for shinkansen? Er, yes! They are always on time, super clean, totally silent and very fast. Well done Japan. We get … Continue reading

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Reef

If it is windy, it is a good idea to put a reef in the mainsail. This makes the sail smaller and the howling wind does not heel the boat over so alarmingly such that you think she might capsize. … Continue reading

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A Stitch in Time

Having a big hole through the hull through which the sea can pour is not a good idea. Regretfully this is something my boat has. How I don’t not know. The collar has come off the exit of the cockpit … Continue reading

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Masking Tape

It is now nearly 3 years since I started the big job of repainting the boat. At the time I was worried that the paint would not adhere and would soon flake off. However this has not been the case, … Continue reading

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So Desu Ne

Japan has been very slow to start Covid vaccination. The over 65s, a group that I easily qualify for, get the jab first. Nobody seems to care. I finally grilled a friend and we looked at the Ginowan City Hall … Continue reading

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Finalement

Excuse my French. After 3 months of repair, adjustment, poor weather, I finally get the boat out on the water. It is a truly glorious day, bright sunshine, not too hot but shorts and Tshirt all the same. The engine … Continue reading

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Kiwi

Another beautiful ikebana piece by Tomomi san. She arrives with branches from kiwi fruit trees or is it bushes? My miniscule experience with ikebana has shown me that structural engineering has a lot to do with it. How to get … Continue reading

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Shiny

The Okinawan sun plays havoc with wood. The tiller and the top of the rudder – rudder post? – have suffered badly. I should have taken some “before ” photos to show the dried up state and the devastation of … Continue reading

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Start of the New Financial Year

April 1 is an important day in Japan. It marks the start of the new financial year So what, you cry! Well I am too lazy to go into it but for instance I could not get into the marina … Continue reading

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