As we prepare to head to the Philippines this week, we have been discussing our plans to sail to Japan. And they’re starting to come together…
We have been talking to the Director of the Japan Ocean Cruising Club, Mr Koichiro “KC” Ohno about joining the Setouchi Rally in 2021. Yes, we know, another rally, who’d have thought it?!
We reckon it will be a really useful introduction to sailing in Japan, allow us to understand a little about the culture and maybe give us an opportunity to meet local sailors. It will also give us a springboard to the short sailing season in Japan before we depart for the Pacific North West.
Just in case you’re getting confused about our itinerary (and we wouldn’t be surprised if you are!) this is how it’s looking…
- Now to July – sailing in the southern Philippines and Sabah west coast.
- July to September – Sail Malaysia Passage to the East Rally 2020 round northern tip of Borneo and back to Kudat and Kota Kinabalu.
- October to December – all additions, modifications, upgrades and maintenance for SY Esper in preparation for Pacific crossing
- January to May – back to Philippines and straight north to Japan, possibly via Taiwan depending on weather.
- May – Setouchi Rally
- June – Leave Japan for PNW*
*If we think we haven’t had enough time to see Japan, we will stay in this part of the world for a year and depart for PNW June 2022. We will make the decision when we are there, it will be dependent on many factors. If we stay we’ll have the opportunity to visit S Korea as well as more of Japan. But it’s gonna be cold. Real cold. Haha!
The Setouchi Rally is small and relatively unknown to many sailors outside Japan. It is an incredible opportunity for cruisers in this part of the world to experience Japan with new friends and enthusiastic local sailors. Not many foreign sailors participate or even sail to Japan, but we think that’s all going to change.
The sailing takes place in what is generally reckoned to be the best sailing ground in Japan. Hundreds of ports, islands and opportunities dot Japan’s Inland Sea (Seto Naikai). This image shows the four main destinations in the 2020 Setouchi Rally…
Here are some links for the Setouchi Rally. It’s not too late to join this year’s rally, or why not come along with us in 2021?
We’re ridiculously excited about Japan and can’t wait to get there. But before we do, there’s a world of new encounters right here on our doorstep in Sabah and next door in the Philippines.
It’s good to have you along for the adventure.
Peace and fair winds!
Liz, Jamie and Millie xxx
Cover image by Jordy Meow from Pixabay
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