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Phew!

I phone Shoken san, who is the boss of the ‘sailing school’  that is, in a very loose way, preparing me for my license. He tells me that I have passed the theoretical written test. Thank God! I studied as … Continue reading

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Master and Commander

Quite rightly I have to take both a theoretical and a practical exam on my knowledge of things nautical before I can sail away. The qualification is known as your license. The didactical approach for the theory exam is interesting. … Continue reading

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I See Your Red Door, I Want It Painted Black

As a pastoral introduction, let us talk about the vegetable garden up the street. You may remember that I was worried that the old lady who maintains it, had run into difficulties. Not so. I pass by today to see … Continue reading

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Now That’s the Old Black Bottom Dance

Big day at the boatyard. Otis, marine biologist at OIST, comes down to help. We spend the morning sanding the bottom of the boat. We hear the thunder of the Harley and Kiyano san arrives. He explains that during the … Continue reading

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Braveheart

Those of you who have watched the film Braveheart will remember that  the Scots were kinda blue – not emotionally but rather pigmentally. I am faced with more awfulness of scraping ancient anti-fouling paint, of which there are at least … Continue reading

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I Stop and Smell the Flowers

I take a day off from cruel and unusual punishment and wander around. It is the best day. This time of year is unpredictable weather-wise in Okinawa. It can be drab rainy and grey, but this year the weather has … Continue reading

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Bluebeard

First and foremost, ” Happy Birthday Mummy!”  Today my Mummy is 95 and a finer person I have never met.   I celebrate her birthday by struggling with my centerboard. I belatedly read the boat’s instruction manual with due care, … Continue reading

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