Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Alishan went on the Move for a Haul Out.

Alishan went On the Move.

All the way to Odo Yacht Harbor, here in Fukuoka.

Indeed she was due for a haul out.
The last time was in 2011, so Alishan was in need of:

New Bottom Paint,
New Zinc Blocks,
New PSS prop shaft seal,
Teak Deck Repairs,
and a Hull Buff.

The video shows it all:

Odo's boatyard MarineTech took care of most of it.

We only had to supply...The Funds  ;-}

The whole haul out went smoothly.
 But we (incl Nori and Wakame) are so happy it's all over again...
Happy to be back in the water.

Now, just wondering:
What will the world look like next time?


Monday, December 1, 2014

Trailing Mount Kosho, Fukuoka.

Early November is a right time to hit the mountain trails.
Nice weather, good temperature,
 awesome skies, pretty trees.

So as a final training for the Fukuoka GOOD JOG Marathon we decided to trail/hike Mt Kosho, Fukuoka.

See here (at Youtube) what my GoPro recorded.
(still a learning process, but fun indeed).


Thursday, November 20, 2014

An other Perfect Autumn Sunset Sail.

Isn't this Magic Autumn Sailing...


Fun to make.

...enough said...

Ken the Man.

Serene Sailing Hakata Bay.
(should say: drifting due to lack of wind...) 

In the distance my favorite hiking trails:
 From Mt Raizan (r) to Mt Sefurie (l).
Meet you here or there.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

i GOOD JOG-ed the 2014 Fukuoka Marathon.

50.000 people wanted to join the first

Fukuoka GOOD JOG Marathon held in November 2014.

Only 10.000 got a starting-ticked. 

I was lucky.

A BIG Thank You to

the organizers, runners, sponsors, supporters

 and the Wonderful Volunteers.

It was SUPER.

Some pictures: 

Running friend Riki is volunteering at " the head-office".

My "home-town": Meinohama fisherman's families are supporting 

left and right. Eji and Etsuko san ( "our" SUMIE maru) with their 

grandchildren  (left).

Oki Arrigatto! 

Marina Animal Clinic staff.

(Nori and Wakame's care-givers).

Yachting friend Mena (r) and neighbor.

Total Towel Service at the goal by Noriko.

Happy Times: 4 h 41 minutes.

( exactly the same score @ 2014 Ibusuki Marathon).

And 2 videos, of course taken with my GoPro.

They are good action cameras, but even so, 

with running there is some "shaking".

Dear Mr Google who works at YouTube was so kind to 

remove those last shakes.

This is part 1: from the start in Tenjin to about 17K

Part 2 is from 26K to the finish at Shima, Itoshima

The bit in the middle?....oops, flat camera battery...

All in All, an Amazing GOOD JOG.

Hope to run you next year.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Not a laundry Monday: Trailing from Mt Raizan to Kanayama.

I know, it should have been a Laundry Monday.

But the weather forecast was perfect ...
... with shitty-windy-wet stuff predicted within 48 hours,
 so we decided to hit the road ... trail the mountains. 

Not far away, just the charms south of Fukuoka.

And indeed, it became a very enjoyable Hiking Monday.
This YouTube tells it all.

Thank you Noriko, Riki, Sachie and Kondou san.
Hope to Trail you Soon.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Typhoon Vongfong comes to Alishan for a Cup of Tea.


So many times, we are asked what it is to be on board of Alishan during a typhoon.
See here some recording at our harbor during typhoon Vongfong aka # 19.
We are lucky as the center of the typhoon passes us to the East, hence we get NE and N winds, the "perfect wind direction for our location. 

Shortly after finishing the edit for this video, the real wind started. Yes when the barometer was going UP from 992 to 1010.  
Maybe we had for a while > 40 knots sustained with gusts well over that. 
Peanuts for what it was "blowing" down in southern Japan. 
But enough for us.
All is well.