We are at Port of Kobe

Thats me! At the port of Kobe.

Thats me! At the port of Kobe.

I surprise myself sometimes, just how did I get here? Standing onboard Calliste at the Port of Kobe, soaking up the experience of really being inside a commercial shipping port. Its really WOW! Yes, hard hats and yellow drapes…

From where I stand, on Calliste’s aft deck, at the Port of Kobe, I recall the chain of events that brought me here.

Mid April 2013, our plan was to sail Calliste to Japan, berth over the season at Okinawa or Fukuoka, then sail in the following season through Alaska and to the Pacific Northwest. We arrived at Okinawa mid June, and we decided to ship Calliste to Seattle right away, so we can cut the berthing expenses, eliminate risk of serious typhoon encounter while waiting and risk of whatever that caused the sinking of a sister ship Aleous. … plus we had too much sun and heat already… and no internet for 70 days was not appealing to me…

Doug looking smug in shorts and flip flops...

Doug looking smug in shorts and flip flops…

Alrighty… whatever our reasons, we decided to ship and we went ahead to make arrangements for it. As cruisers, its only natural for us to 1st contact reputable yacht transportation companies like Dockwise and Sevenstars. … but it didnt work out. Dockwise does not have a schedule for this season from Asia to America, and Sevenstars wanted us to head back against the currents and winds to Taiwan, and the threat of typhoons along the way with no shelter.

We looked for alternatives, like flat rack shipping and cargo logistics companies… and just by chance, we contacted Colin in Kitagi, who happen to be a friend of a friend to Doug… long story, but Colin put us in contact with Noby, who he knows is experienced with exporting yachts from Japan, plus he loves traditional full keel sailboats and knows the BCC very well. … and his quote was slightly lower than our regular yacht transporters, at approximately US$20000.

Covers and straps are on.

Covers and straps are on.

Our decision to ship with Noby means we get to sail with the currents in windless conditions towards Kobe, via Jeju where we made new sailing friends like Mr Heo and Yong, and reconnected with Jaap and Mairake in Fukuoka, and meeting Colin and Mika in Kitagi. 3 places that I had no plans to visit in my lifetime, 3 group of wonderful people that I would not known otherwise.

We enjoyed gawking at some very beautiful sights between Okinawa and Kobe, and I have some great pictures to remember these places. We enjoyed the company and generosity of everyone that we met along the way, and I hope that someday we will be able to return these favors.

And here we are, at the port of Kobe on 11th of Sept ’13. Reality is surprising us constantly… I wonder if God had it planned all along, and we are just falling into his game… in a interesting way and enriching one.


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