Thursday, December 23, 2010
JMA, weather map.
JMA, local wind situation. (from here it's easy to go to an other area).
JMA, local weather warning ( same).
JMA, local rain radar (same).
WindFinder.com, local forecast, for up to 5 days. (also easy to move to an other area).
Yes, you'll need internet on board. In this part of
Once we got our internet going…we had coverage almost anywhere between Ishigaki and
BUT at this writing there is a catch:
It's not easy to get that mobile phone/internet account. Officially, only those with a "fixed" home address can get a contract. So for short term visiting cruising yachts… You'll have to make deal with a helpful
The best mobile internet set-up is from DoCoMo.
Mind you, here in
This internet connection is called B-Mobile.
Pre-paid mobile phones are, same story, also only available in Big Cities. See SoftBank for this.
Hope this might be of help.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Of course it came with daily dropping temperatures, so Alishan got equipped with a kerosene heather.
On top of that: One day we had solid rain, thunder and lightning for 24 hours, followed by a day with gale force winds : 40+ knots from the West. An okay direction for us, but the boats in Odo Yacht Harbor had less fun. (see previous update).
Then again, today (Saturday) it was a great day with wall to wall blue sky…. But as soon the sun is down: Close those hedges and start that heather!!
2 Days were spent shaking the nets for “tomba” (small fish, see below).
It was fun to help Katsuyoshi (77), his wife (74) and sister (74). It also felt like I was doing my old job: Daycare Rehab for Elderly.
But these “youngsters” are in NO need for rehab, they kept on shaking and sorting the fish for 6 hours, non-stop!
What a pleasure and the more as 1 day we had a super BIG small fish catch!
Shaking the nets....(with Alishan at the back).
Always some herons around...guess why;-)
Marijke goes birding when ever the weather is good and still comes home with “firsts”.
For sure it’s a bonus to have a good oven on board and with all the marathon training…Cake and pies are welcome.