Sailing Japan can be just as fluky as anywhere else. We set off towards Tannowa aboard SeaTrek May 3rd 2009 and as soon as we got our past the marina it started to blow. We had a terrific run down to Tannowa either heading into a close haul or beam reaching. The Beam reach is one of my favourite angles of attack on the ID35 racing yacht as she handles very well with the wind abeam. She let’s you know you’re alive if you make any mistakes and hoots along nicely when you don’t. I have to say my spirits were up and looking forward to the across the bay race on the 4th.
Upon arrival at Tannowa the yacht club ensured we were all berthed well in time for a terrific dinner and one can only say thank you to such tremendous preparation. Well done Tannowa yacht club and marina. The evening breeze was pleasant, the band lively, the food great, and the company even better.
The 4th did not bring the winds we expected. The race set off pretty much on time and we all worked very hard to get our boats moving in 2 – 3 knots of wind or less. Eventually the round trip was cut back to a one way course and even then we all struggles to get in before curfew. This race offered loads of opportunity to practice light wind sailing techniques.
After the race we motored back over the bay, picked up our excess baggage left on the berth and headed home. Nature had some consolation prizes install for us with a glorious sunset and bioluminecense show extraordinaire.