Hayama, Sajima: Classics

Typhoon Tamil hit us right at midnight last night. I was actually surprised by the strength of the wind. I’d gotten complacent after the last few typhoons died out before arriving in this area. Some of the gusts must have been close to 50 knots, and there was a lot of lightning. It kept me up listening to the storm …

Awa-Katsuyama: Sanding, Typhoon Tamil

It’s been one year since Nick and I sailed to Kozushima, on Watari’s grandest adventure since she became mine. That was a great trip, but it revealed weaknesses in many things I hadn’t properly repaired or renovated yet. The starter burnt out and engine died. Prop shaft cracked through. Masthead light burnt out. Messing about with jerry cans and resulting …

Zushi Sunset

I took a break from writing a work related article yesterday night and went for a walk along Zushi Beach. I suddenly realized why Zushi felt like the right place the moment I saw it when searching for a new place to live last year: it’s a good natural harbour. It just feels right. The sailor’s instinct in me must …

Awa-Katsuyama: Nippon Maru, Lantern, Companionway

Nippon Maru Tall Ship

I was able to get out to work on Watari this weekend. It was a very nice weekend, clear sunny skies with crisp autumn air, but the nights are starting to get cool. Summer is coming to an end. I’m a bit sad that I couldn’t get her out sailing during the warm weather this year, it’s always nice to …

Captain Evan

My Mom was cleaning and found some old pictures of me as a kid. I suppose some of us are just born desiring the captain’s chair. Aboard Dad’s boat the Jedway. Look at that far off look in our eyes. Bring me that horizon! My first command, crewed by cousins. Arrr! Look at that squinty sea dog 😉 My first sailboat. …

Zushi and Yokosuka

We had a nice relaxing weekend at home. Saturday was rainy all day and we mostly stayed in. I caught up on some work and in the evening after the rain stopped we walked down to Zushi beach to watch the sunset. It was a pretty one, with the sun making a brief appearance as a red half-circle over Enoshima …

Fujisawa and Odawara

Today I had the opportunity to visit Fujisawa and Odawara for work. At Fujisawa there was a bit of a typhoon swell rolling in and quite a few surfers out. Mt. Fuji was visible too and I got this shot of a surfer with Fuji just visible in the background which I’m quite pleased with. On a clear day with …

Finally Free!

Kiwako finally got out of the hospital! She’s very happy to be free. It was a long, frustrating two weeks. Her surgery had some complications, and she had to stay an extra week longer than originally expected. Our lives were somewhat thrown into chaos during this time, but it was vastly alleviated by our friend’s generosity in allowing me to …

Exploring Shinjuku

The weekend was spent mostly at Kiwako’s bedside. She’s been getting progressively better each day, eating, walking about, and had the IV out yesterday which was a milestone. She hates hospitals, as would anyone, although probably more than most given she had to spend a year in one in her mid-teens. So she’s getting pretty restless. Although there’s no excuse, …

Watari.Life: A Re-brand

I decided to change the name of this site from SailingTokyo.com to Watari.Life, because I want to expand from writing only about sailing to sharing more stories of daily life. I’ve debated this for a while and finally decided that I’ve got more than just sailing stories to tell and that I’d like to have a journal to look back on. …