FURUNO decided to support my challenge! (week3 in France in 2018 Autumn)

Back to Japan.  🇯🇵
In the latter half of maintenance section, I did all the things as much as I can such as finishing fixing, re-assembling parts which were taken to pieces once, and making and setting a dashboard for GPS and auto pilot.

Today, I have a great, delighted news here.  FURUNO decided to support my challenge!

As sailors and marine people know, FURUNO is a Japanese electronics company which has subsidiaries over the globe.  Their main products are marine electronics including radar systems, fish finders and navigational instruments.  They provided their newest GPS to my boat!  In France during my last staying, I was thinking to replace my GPS to new one and researched around.  Many mini sailors use FURUNO’s ones and recommended them to me.  After come back to Japan, I contacted to FURUNO.  Actually it was first time for them to talk with me, but they were really kind to listen to my story.  Fortunately, they decided to provide their product to my boat.  When I heard about their supporting my project, I was almost flying.  In addition, FURUNO provides me not only their products but also waypoints data for Mini Transat which is over 2,000, actually.

Their support encouraged me so much.  Thank you so much FURUNO!  I cannot express my appreciation enough for team FURUNO.

I’m really looking forward to sailing with FURUNO’s GPS in next season!

Made a presentation for young sailers from Tokyo Univ.

I made a presentation about Mini Transat in front of young sailors who belong to Tokyo University’s sailing team.

They prefer keel boats and sail with J24.  I introduced my off-shore racing and talked about how wonderful time I have.  I hope them to keep sailing after graduating from collage.   They seems to be interestead in my story.  I was really glad to see it.  I have another appointment in Dec.  I will continue making speeches how wonderful sailing is, in front of young sailors.

 

  

DCQ “Dérogations au Calendrier de Qualification”

Preparing document for DCQ.  What is DCQ?  It stands for “Dérogations au Calendrier de Qualification”, and is a special treatment for non European sailors to be exempted from qualification calendar.

Number of slots for Mini Transat is around 80, number of sailors trying to join that in 2019 is over 100 though.  The slots are available on a first qualified, first served basis.  Non Europeans’ staying is limited by Schengen Agreement so that Class mini association has such treatment for them.  It shows the association and other Mini sailors are welcoming sailors from abroad.  Actually I felt their warm welcoming many times.  6 slots are available for sailors with DCQ.  Hope to be nominated to the list.

*Qualification for Mini Transats are as following;
experiences of races by 1,500 miles in total with the boat which will be used for Mini Transat, non stop sailing by 1,000 miles by single hand, getting certification of safety training and radio communications.

Les sables Lesaçores has started

On June 22nd, 54 Mini6.50 have started Les sables race from Les Sables-d’Olonne to Azores islands. That race consists of 2 legs, outward and return, which is 1,270 miles each by single hand. Many sailors join this race who took part in MAP and Mini Fastnet. Sailers who would like to be qualified to Mini Transat have to gain experiences of over 1,500 miles. Some of them do MAP, Mini Fastnet, and Les sables in a row to get the qualification called “Rush work”.

I didn’t join the race this time because I didn’t imagine that I was skilled to sail such long race in this year. I thought I need more time. But now, I feel I might worry about it too much.

Class Mini association which handles races crossing Pacific Ocean so long is matured and they supports sailors so well. They support beginners too. They have a briefing for rookies before MAP race. The order of races are well structured so that sailors including rookies can blush up their skills by taking part in the races step by step.

After the Mini Fastnet, other sailors recommended me to join Les sables consecutively. I didn’t join the race according to my original plan, but I felt really happy that I could imagine my race at that time even I hadn’t imagined my race before.

I do progress my project with my own pace, but feel jealous them. I wanna sail!