The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Request for Expressions of Interest - Japan Rendezvous 2020

Jennifer Handley

April 3rd, 2019

The BCA Japan Rendezvous (May 10 – 24, 2020), coordinated and hosted Kirk Patterson, gives participants an opportunity to spend 15 days sampling the wonders of Japan, on sea and on land.  Eleven of those days will be spent exploring the Seto Inland Sea aboard a chartered yacht.

Kirk is well-known to many BCA members having been awarded the Doug Mitchell Single-Hander’s Award for his three-year, solo circumnavigation of Japan in 2015, the first ever by a non-Japanese sailor. He lives in Japan, is fluent in the language, intimately familiar with and knowledgeable about Japanese culture and history, and eminently qualified to organize this rendezvous for BCA.

Seto Inland Sea proposed route for Japan Rendezvous 2020

The estimated cost of the Rendezvous is $5,500 CAD per person, based on double occupancy (single supplement is not available due to accommodation configuration).  This includes all ground transportation from Iwakuni Airport (the rendezvous starting point), yacht charter, accommodation, meals, and tours (participants will be responsible for arranging their own flights to/from Japan).

BCA members in good standing are reminded to forward their expressions of interest in the BCA Japan Rendezvous 2020 to Past Commodore, Jennifer Handley, by April 15, 2019.  Firm commitments and a non-refundable deposit will be requested in November 2019.  Participation will be limited to 8 people, with first priority going to those who respond positively to this request for expressions of interest.

Photos from the first BCA Japan Rendezvous in May 2017 can be found here.


  1. Corinne says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    Do you know if there will be solo travelers that have shown interest?
    Are all diners(main meals) eaten out – ie. main dinner not needed to be cooked on board
    Dinners out- each responsible for beverages??

    1. Hi Corinne! Yes, a few solo travellers have submitted their expression of interest, understanding that all accommodation is shared. I believe that no dinners are eaten onboard – in 2017 a number of evening meals were hosted by local yacht clubs, but at this stage I don’t think that kind of detail has been worked out. And yes, I assume that individuals are generally responsible for their own beverages. Let me know if you have any further queries!

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