Perfect conditions; depraved youth of today
28 April 2012 | Between Oshima and Toshima
We're sailing with 10kts of true wind abeam making 7 kts toward Toshima. Toshima is shaped like a giant hershey's kiss coming out of the ocean. It has a population of 400 and a bowling alley funded by the city of Tokyo so the locals would have something to do. In all the years I've been trying to convince my wife and kids that sailing is really fun despite the wet, rocky, and windy ride, I've not always had great luck. Today, however, is perfect.
Now, going back two days, a story of the degenerate youth of today. We pulled into Misaki Friday evening at around 11 and after tying up the boat Andy and I intended to join everyone else already sleeping down below. As I was drifting off to sleep, however, I heard a loud bang that sounded like it came from right against the hull. I jumped up and stuck my head out of the companionway (but not as fast as Andy who smacked his head against the sliding hatch and left a swath of blood down his ear and cheek) and yelled at a kid who was carrying a firecracker lit along the boardwalk. Andy and I hopped off the boat and ran for the group of kids with the bag of fireworks. They broke up and ran like mad. I yelled a few choice things in English and Japanese at them and then Andy I went back for our shoes and I grabbed the boat's spot light. From here, Andy and I chased them through parking lots and the back streets. Our more effective method was to send Andy around back to flush them my direction and then when they got close I'd step out and blind them with the spot light and then they'd start hopping fences. They kept coming back so I finally called 119 (the 911 of Japan) and got the Misaki police and fire department involved. They were not interested in chasing the offenders, however, but made careful note of my birth date, address, phone and boat details. They did post a patrol for the rest of the night, however, so Andy and I went to sleep finally at around 2am.
In summary, the teenagers of Japan are degenerating at the same rate as those in the US except that they don't carry guns so 2 middle aged men (in reasonable condition) with a spotlight can scare them to death. In the US, I might have had to find a real weapon.
Now, back to the sailing.