Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Fukuoka.

Well, indeed it is a bummer not being on board of SHOGUN making waves towards the Caribbean as what was the original plan for this time of the year.
But the very sunny side is of course to be at home with Marijke, Nori the Cat, Alishan and my Fukuoka Friends.

Being able to crew on board of Team BAR out of GB..
Nope, not on the race boat it self,
but on board of their VIP boat.

Marijke and camera friend having a wonderful time 
at Odo Yacht Harbor..
At least these birds don't move around so much as they are   moored to some serious ground-tackle.

Friday was a sunny & little wind practice day.

looks like Schick Razor Blades isn't a sponsor of this event.

Very special VIPs from Hong Kong.
Welcome on board!!

A shot of the Kiwies for our NZ-connection.
With Fukuoka Tower in the background.

  Mr Oracle brought his private sail-tubby over from the USA.
And indeed, he was on board that day (as we were told).

Happy bunch of VIPs from Tokyo that joined us on Sunday.

Just of the middle at the top...
see that black hulled cruiser?
Yep, That's us.

At the end of race-day 1,
Sir Ben came especially to our boat
to thank the VIPs for the support.
(must have been about the $$ into the campaign...).

And click HERE to zoeff to Marijke's blog
and see her amazing pictures of the event.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sumie Maru: Catching and selling the Catch

   A short video, posted at YouTube 
about  "Go Fish Life" in Fukuoka, Japan.

See the YouTube, click  HERE


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Shogun is on its way to Japan.

Report from Setubal, 

Shogun got loaded onto the deck
 of mv Heemskerkgracht 
(Shipping company Sevenstar).
And will arrive in a few weeks time in Yokohama, Japan.

Awaiting the Waiting.
Unfortunatly the heemskerkgracht got delayed by over 1 week.
But...first at Lisbon and later at Setubal (Troia Marina),
those are comfy places to "fill in" time.

  AIS proof of upcoming arrival of the Heemskerkgracht.

Shogun is located in the middle of this screen-shot.
Heemskerkgracht is steaming into the bay...see her AIS left-bottom corner.

Yep,  looks like there is a parking spot open for SHOGUN.

  Getting the rig ready.
Luckily the weather is perfect and there is 
zero wave/swell action in the bay.

  The Dive-team gets instructions.
They had to wait for slack-tide what would be around 1700 local time.

 Ouch...that beam was just not clear of the anchor-light and weather/wind sensor.

 Due to miscalculations of the location of the lifting points @ the hoist in relation to sling locations @ SHOGUN...
she was not "sitting" comfy during the first lift-attempt.
And...to relocate those lifting points...would take too much time & so, the slings under water would have to be re-checked...
Oops.. by then the tide would be screaming again!

Hence it was decided to call it a day 
and finish the lifting at next DAYLIGHT slack time.
 SHOGUN stayed alongside the Heemskerkgracht for the night...all strapped-up with slings and tie-downs.

Luck was with us as we were able to join the ship's-crew for a Yummy Nasi Goreng dinner meal.
And a boat-workers breakfast next morning!!

No-Way the crew will allow SHOGUN to make a move while on the deck.

Sitting high and dry at first row seat.

Bon Voyage SHOGUN 
See you at Yokohama.

To go to the video, 
click  HERE


Monday, October 17, 2016

A sunny birding visit to "De Weerribben", 2016

As part of (re)discovering our old stomping grounds,
we made a trip to De Weerribben.
Marijke was told it was a good spot 
to do some bird-watching.
It's located to the NW of Staphorst, 
so it was an easy drive when we were staying there.

I came along to enjoy the scenery and 
to take pictures of the picture-taker :-)
To see the birds that were spotted, 
you'll have to zooeff to 


A traditional local float.
Zeilpunter KP 22
So happy to see AND smell again.

   Pure Flower Power.

For more about De Weerribben,


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Lisbon and some more @ sunny summer 2016

After happy moments  with friends and family in Holland,
it was time to Make a Move to Shogun in Lisbon.

Super: First Marleen & Loek and later Marijke would  join me.

Of course there were the Touristic Things To Do and To See,
like visiting the Tower at Belem... 




a fun-tour aboard one of  Lisbon's "traditional" Tricycles that took us around town to places we hadn't seen yet.

Next was: 

getting dressed-up for a dinner-show at one of the many Fado restaurants.

...where part of the happening happens on the cosy street as it was warm-warm inside.

Back on board:
We continued enjoying these sunrises, as seen from the pilot house of SHOGUN

She also got loaded-up with parcels full of boat items and spare parts.

But there was more to see than Lisbon only.

A rent-a-car saw us zooming across the bridge
for a trip down south...

Dry-dry & hot country side

Mertola is a pleasant town to visit. 
We spent the night in one of the local inns.

The river is almost the border with Spain.
Ocean going shallow draft vessels can navigate all the way up to this town.

Traditional narrow roads, but piece of cake for Kiwi Drivers.

Back in Lisbon.
The area near the marina is famous for modern architecture.
This is the local bus/sub-way station.

 Lisbon also has nearby an magnificent bird-watching area.

Helder, a local bird-watching tour guide took us for the day.
Came with knowledge and wheels.

These snails are a delicacy here in Lisbon.
Not only for birds.

Look over-there...aren't those...?


Our stay in Lisbon was coming to an end, but we still had energy to do some more sight-seeing downtown.

 Yep it was a Licking Good Lisboa Stay.