Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Finished land/air touring in Asia. Afloat again and getting ready to head east to Raja Ampat and on to Japan and Alaka in 2018.

21 May 2018 | Hakodate - Hokkaido - Japan
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The Northern Island - Hokkaido

21 May 2018 | Hakodate - Hokkaido - Japan
Andy & Sue
In January, the typical daytime temperature in Hakodate barely climbs above freezing. Fortunately, in May, things are warmer, but inclement weather still makes frequent appearances. On one of the nicer days, we joined John & Kathy from Mystic Moon to head off to see the sights in one of the older parts of town, including a ride on the cable car to Mount Hakodate where magnificent views of the surroundings lie resplendent. The water off to the right of photo is the way we shall go when we depart for Kushiro in the east: around a headland just off to the right and then off leftwards behind the high ground in the background. The water on the left is the relatively sheltered port area, protected by substantial breakwaters.

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The history of Hakodate is varied. Japan’s 250-year closed period, during which Nagasaki was the only port allowed entry by foreigners, ended with the arrival of Commodore Perry under orders from the US President, Millard Fillmore. Perry’s ships were armed with the terrifying new “shell” projectile, which exploded upon impact. The method of gunboat diplomacy, so perfected by the Royal Navy before, brought a treaty that opened Hakodate and four other ports to foreign vessels. Russia’s eastern extremities being close by, their ships frequented Hakodate. The beautiful spires of the Japanese Orthodox Church are a vestige of that era.

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On some days, the mountaintop is obscured by cloud, squalls rattle downhill into the harbour whipping the surface into choppy wavelets, their tops blown off. The rubber buffers lining the dock wall are rather too deep for sailing boats with smaller diameter fenders. In this photo, Sue is hastily clipping down the cockpit canopy just ahead of rain bringing up the rear after the squall.

21 May 2018
Our primary focus is getting the boat ready for the passage across to the Aleutian Islands. We had expected to see several more yachts hereabouts by now. We know of four but they are still farther to the south. Perhaps the weather has been windier for coming north than in previous years, we have certainly been dodging a few gales.
One of the jobs is to check the bottom, we had intended to do it farther south where waters are warmer, but circumstances did not oblige. Twenty miles from Hakodate, we picked up more of that vexatious weed. Performance of a folding propeller is impacted markedly and little stopping power evident when using astern gear. Once in Hakodate, water temperature 11C, two wetsuits, hood, gloves and a tank of air enabled a brief 40-minutes underwater: cleaning the propeller, brushing off minor growth, making sure transducers are clean, checking the rudder bearings, cleaning fridge keel-cooler, cleaning anodes and HF Radio ground plates. It is surprising how much faster one works in cold water compared with warm limpid tropical seas. The coldest parts of anatomy were lower lip and feet.
We have a problem with our genset seawater pump seals leaking again; they seem to need changing every hundred hours of operation. Spares we bought in Australia have proved to be slightly the wrong size. Thankfully, a friend from Seattle joining Mystic Moon in Kushiro is bringing us a complete replacement pump and a number of spare seals. Without the genset operational for charging and running heating, supplementary to our diesel heater, our time in Alaska might be less fun than we are anticipating.
Today we filled with diesel fuel, we shall top off in Kushiro before our final departure from Japan. The 9Kg Japanese LPG-Propane bottle we bought in Okinawa has been re-filled (Local rules prevent filling of non-Japanese bottles). We have managed to keep our normal LPG bottles full en-route through Japan so we have plenty of propane stored in ventilated deck lockers. When we leave Japan, we may not be able to refill for some time. A different mind-set must be engaged once more, before heading out into the Bundu; this time a rather cold wilderness where we must plan to be independent from shore services and supplies.

21 May 2018
Another nice spell between wet and windy conditions, we issued ourselves a day –pass for an outing. A few cherry blossom trees are still in bloom, most went over two weeks earlier than usual. Here two flowers, Sue & Kathy, among blossom.

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Our visit happened to coincide with an annual festival that re-enacts the events that thrust Hakodate into the Meiji (Modern) Era following the termination of the Shogun era. A parade complete with mocked up ships on trailers, people in uniform from foreign navies and a local acting the part of Commodore Perry…
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Spruce's Photos - Galicia - A month cruising in North West Spain
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A Senora keeping cool during her promenade. Bayona, looking inland across the harbour to the Galician mountains.
Granaries at Combarro, a village at the head of Ria Pontevedra. These are carved from granite and errected on stilts with stone disks at the top of each leg to prevent vermin eaching the stores.
Relica of La Pinta. One of Columbus
A fishing vessel hauling in pots off the north coast of Islas Cies. These are one small group of islands comprising part of the wider Altantico Islas Nature Reserve. The islands are situated off the entrance to Ria Vigo.
Sunset through the rigging of vessels at Bayona.
Looking southwards across Isla St Martin from the north coast of Isla Norte, Islas Cies. These are one small group of islands comprising part of the wider Altantico Islas Nature Reserve. The islands are situated off the entrance to Ria Vigo.
Sunrise. Looking towards Ria Vigo from an anchorage on the East side of Isla Norte, Islas Cies. These are one small group of islands comprising part of the wider Altantico Islas Nature Reserve. The islands are situated off the entrance to Ria Vigo.
The splendid interior at the Real Club Nautico, Vigo. Many of the sailing clubs have a long history and rather impressive accomodation.
A sculpture at Vigo. The sheer quantity of publicly sponsored sculpture around Galicia was quite remarkable.
One of the many garden areas within the city of Vigo. Refreshing to sit near a fountain dring the hot weather.
Vigo city. One of the main streets. Vigo appeared more modern and bustling than many other places seen within Galicia.
Looking to the head of Ria Vigo from the Parque do Castro overlooking Vigo. The suspension bridge can just be seen in the distance.
Traditional fishing vessel. There are many of these casting out their nets as they encircle a volume of sea. They then attach themselves to a mooring to provide an anchorage point, pulling in both ends of the net together. Hard work and often little caught for the market.
The Faro (lighthouse) at the summit of Islas Cies. An early morning hike to the Faro (lighthouse) at the summit of Isla Norte, Islas Cies. Energetic activities need to be done before the heat of the day makes exertion thoroughly unpleasant.
The "Stowaway" pretending to be intellectual. Sue keeps encouraging Winston Bear to extend his stay instead of making him walk the plank.
Beautiful white sand beaches. Isla Norte, Islas Cies. These are one small group of islands comprising part of the wider Altantico Islas Nature Reserve. The islands are situated off the entrance to Ria Vigo.
Will we ever reach the summit? An early morning hike to the Faro (lighthouse) at the summit of Isla Norte, Islas Cies. Energetic activities need to be done before the heat of the day makes exertion thoroughly unpleasant.
We have reached the top! Hurrah! An early morning hike to the Faro (lighthouse) at the summit of Isla Norte, Islas Cies. Energetic activities need to be done before the heat of the day makes exertion thoroughly unpleasant.
Spruce at anchor. Islas Cies off the entrance to Ria Vigo.
LOoking towards the mainland from an anchorage at the Islas Cies.
Elation! Retired and loving every minute!
Roof tops from the cathedral level at Santiago del Compostela.
Destination for pilgrims. Santiago del Compostela. The Cathedral. We believe this Cathedral is the second most important to the Roman Catholic Church after St Peter
Splendorous golden decoration on the carved wood altar within the Cathedral at Santiago del Compostela.
The Cathedral at Santiago del Compostela.
 
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