22 Dec It’s been a roller coaster week!…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sharry and I are back in Hawaii with Starr and planning our next nine months of cruising. The plan has been to sail the Hawaiian islands until the weather in the North settles down and then head to Kodiak or Prince William Sound on the Alaska panhandle for the summer.
But recently looking through old photos; reminiscing about the past, we came across images of our year cruising Japan (2010-11) which really ignited our passion for cruising there again.
PNW CCA members Rob and Kathleen Harlow’s boat “Capaz” is stuck in Fukuoka on Kyushu Island and they can’t get entry back from Seattle into Japan. “Tourism” is banned to air travel, however, Japan seems to be granting access to sailors if they have been at sea more than 15 days.
The Harlow’s contacted Kirk Patterson, Konpira Consulting, in Japan.
They found Kirk to be very helpful. Kirk thought he could get us get access to cruise Japan for 90 days. After 3 months we would have to go out to sea for another 14 days to renew our passports.
This news got our hearts racing on the thoughts of revisiting those beautiful islands, optimally starting in early March, and then leave Hokkaido and make the crossing over to Alaska in early June.
However, with what is going on with the new Omicron variant entry requirements could change at any time.
Starr has a fuel range of 4000nm and the run to Japan from Hawaii is just over 3500nm so with any inclement weather on the way we would be on fumes on arrival. Obviously we don’t make any crossing unless we have 25-30% additional fuel as a safety factor.
With all of the COVID-19 variables we felt we just can’t take the risk of the borders closing completely.
So unfortunately Japan is a no go, but there is plenty to keep us busy. Starr comes out of the water early January in Honolulu and a good friend, Doug Janes flies in to help out. We have to drop and reseal the stabilizer fins, reattach the propeller line cutters (Spurs) and give her a fresh coat of bottom paint.
So it’s back to plan A, cruise the Hawaiian islands for the next few months then work our way with Starr up to Kokiak towards the end of May – we can’t wait to be back in the beautiful North West again.
Aloha and seasons greetings to all.