This past weekend was a wash, and if you could have applied soap to it, it would have been exceedingly clean. Friday, Day One of the three-day cruise I’d planned, dawned clear and bright but by 1100 the sky had darkened to grey-black and by 1130 a deluge had begun. Water flowing past Voyager’s hull as she sat at the dock quickly accelerated into a swift flowing river. Thunder and lightening directly overhead made for an interesting two hours below decks waiting for the storm to pass. I had visions of Voyager’s mast taking a strike, like the Australian boat in the photo above, and was a little concerned about exactly what would happen to me and my boat if it did.
I’d known about the approaching storm the night before and had cancelled my plans, leaving four other people who had signed on as crew with suddenly free weekends. I’m moving the trip back a week and will try again on 8/26. Hota is about 5-7 hours south of Yokohama on the Chiba side of Tokyo Bay. It’s a quaint port with clean water suitable for swimming, and in my case, bottom cleaning. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.