In May 2017, twelve Bluewater Cruising Members were successful in securing positions onboard Tiare, a 55 foot catamaran. This was the first BCA Japan Rendezvous arranged for BCA members by Kirk Patterson. Kirk, a past member of BCA, sailed from BC waters to Japan in Silk Purse and now resides in Japan. The second BCA Japan Rendezvous is scheduled for 2020.
Lynn and Stephen were two of those BCA members excited to see Japan proposed as a sailing destination. Little did we know that our host would not only set up a tremendous sailing opportunity, but would also assist us in experiencing insights into Japan’s history, culture, cuisine and economics. Sailing in the Seto Inland Sea in many respects is similar to the Gulf/San Juan Islands–with much heavier commercial ship traffic and a vast network of bridges. However, going ashore is an entirely new experience. The cuisine was outstanding and the engagement of the local community in catering to our enjoyment of this adventure cannot be understated. This rendezvous was an easy way to gain confidence in travelling to these waters, but we found a working knowledge of Japanese and/or access to a translator a huge benefit onshore and on the water. The opportunity for a developing charter industry in Japan is an exciting prospect but in the interim a challenge that Kirk Patterson and Daniel Springett, Tiare’s captain, can assist you in navigating.
Lynn has been a avid sailor, CYA sailing instructor and racer for many decades in dinghies and small cruisers in Ontario, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Alberta and BC. Lynn and Stephen raced their Coronado 15 together before stepping into the cruising life. After crewing on a schooner in the Marblehead Race, Lynn and Stephen decided to work on finding their own cruising boat by chartering and training in BC and Washington, the British/US Virgin Islands and sailing on the Hallberg Rassy 46, Mahina Tiare III for 1400+ nm across the Caribbean with John & Amanda Neal. Lynn and Stephen have been cruising in their Outbound 44, New Latitudes for almost 15 years in BC and Washington coastal waters and were active in the VI Fleet over the last few years.