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Yacht Fujin
This is a blog of Yacht Fujin's trip from Uraga, Japan to Phuket, Thailand in early 2012.
Fujin at Sea
12/01/2012, Pacific Ocean

Fujin has now completed 3 days at sea - Ivan Alcorn as skipper and crew of his brother George (Joe) plus Morgan Davitt. Stuart sadly stuck in the office! The departed just before noon on 9th January.

Noon Day 1: around 130 miles with noon position at 33.19906N 139.96519E, just to the north east of Hachijojima. Conditions were good with speed up as far as 9 knots.

Noon Day 2: about 140 miles run with winds and seas building. Position 31.61614N 138.39661 E, 120 miles or so to the south west of Hachijojima.

Noon Day 3: about 140 miles run and position at 29.88976N 136.17014E.

Winds all day on 11th Jan above 40 knots with max wind of 51 knots and waves "huge" (probably around 6 metres). During the night of 11th/12th, crew were down to watches of 90 minutes due to exhaustion. They had one knock-down and were boarded from behind by a couple of large waves. Slight damage reported to Fujin's sail bag which skipper says he can fix en route.

I just spoke to the skipper via sat phone - sea and winds have been moderating since 0400 on 12th and now below 20 knots. Forecast is good with winds consistently below 20 knots for the rest of the distance to Naha.

Crew in good spirits despite tough day & night on 11th. ETA Naha is noon Monday which would mean 7 day passage - not bad. They might decide to push on direct for Taiwan (Hualien).

Will post more over the weekend...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

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Fujin leaving Velasis
09/01/2012, Velasis City Marina

Skipper Ivan and crew Joe and Morgan leave Velasis, bound for Phuket via Naha, Hualien and Singapore! Stuart hopes to join in Singapore at the start of Feb for the last few days up to Phuket....

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Fujin Provisions
08/01/2012, Velasis Marina, Uraga, Japan

A few provisions for the voyage to Phuket! Irish crew in place and ready to depart Monday, 9th January.... eta Phuket around middle of February. I still hoping to meet them in Singapore for the last 500 miles up to Phuket....

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Fujin at Anchor
22/11/2011, 34 15.02'N:136 27.57'E, Kowaura Bay, Isejima

This photo was taken on 3rd May, 2011 during the TSPS Golden Week Tour to Kii Hanto. Here we are, peacefully anchored in Kowaura Bay, an idylllic place, the peace and quite of which was only slightly spoiled by the advent of 4 gaijin yachts full of crew intent on a night of high jinks.... the rest is classified...

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Yacht Fujin
Who: Stuart & Elizabeth Milne
Port: Gibraltar. En route now from Uraga Japan to Phuket Thailand.
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