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New member in Japan
The protocol here seems to be, one thread each, so I'm following that pattern.
I guess some day in the future we'll be able to search each other by user name - without having to go outside to google.com. Administrators, have you thought about at least including an applet / a button to 'search sailnet using google' somewhere on the top page ? You wouldn't exactly be the first. But heck, I still think Sailnet is great !
I learned to sail - on Enterprises - on Loch Earn. Thank-you, Keith, Alan, Shona and others. I got some coastal cruising / racing experience off Scotland's Western and Northern coasts - I don't suppose I need to explain the beauty of a 2am dawn to those of you above about Lat 50. On Loch Earn I also had the privilege of playing in good winds on a Laser.
I was very lucky to spend a season sailing at Datchet Water with a talented owner/helmsman - a Canadian (Hi, Jim !) - in the vintage Flying Fifteen fleet. We took the season trophy (yeah, yeah, we earned it, OK ?). Jim taught me the importance of spinnaker trim, in real terms. At Datchet I also had some fun crewing on a Dart 16.
It was a while before I got into sailing again. In Japan in 1996 I started sailing our company's dinghy (a Hayama 16 - something like a 470, not as big as a 505 but with a trapeze) - for fun.
One thing led to another and I was lucky enough to be invited to crew on some of the yachts at the same club. In 2000, I joined Enoshima's team for the Phuket King's Cup and have taken part every year since then (writing in January 2009).
In between times, I sail when I can in the waters of Eastern Japan. Japan' s sailors are friendly and generous - jeez, like sailors everywhere.
My longest voyage in the last few years was a single leg from Yakushima to Abaratsubo (Yokohama), that we improvised one and-a -half-days-out, after a gearbox failure at the entrance to the Seto Inland Sea.
I'll (we will) be happy any time, to hear from anyone who knows or remembers the Farr-designed yacht 'Second Glance', built from Kauri wood in NZ and sailed around the world either side of the Gulf War, by the current Japanese owner, who now at age 74 has my undivided respect as a sailor and a skipper.
I haven't said that I'm Scottish, born and bred. I guess you can see that I have free time this New Year. May 2009 be good for you :-)