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Full restoration of vintage 33′ Peterson sailing yacht!!

by Timothy Langley on March 26th, 2024


Member Evan Burkowsky, an acknowledged sailor not just within TSPS but throughout the sailing region far & wide, has owned and gradually brought-up-to-snuff several sailboats in the last 10 years: Watari, a handbuilt dinghy, Santana, etc. But like all sailors, Captain Evan always longed for something larger (though capable of single-handing)… something with pedigree. He succeeded by finding an abandoned 33 feet Peterson of 45 year vintage last year. It needed a lot of work.

Here is what he did over a period of 9 months, a testament to anyone who is interested in expanding their scope and exploring more of Japan (or themselves) than is evident to the casual observer. Plus, it is a pretty interesting story:

8.26 This is 45 year old Garuda, a Peterson design built-in-Japan, in original condition, as found in September ’23… after 5 years of laying unloved and deteriorating.
3.24 Garuda in home-port a stones-throw away from Hota. This is the photo-journey of how ole’ Garuda got from derelict to a fast-moving proper ocean-going yacht.

The restoration process:

The bow after many hours of working on deck to remove the accumulated dirt and grit and prepare for marine paint.. Here, the deck is not quite ready and needs hand sanding through the several previously laid layers.
40 feet up, Evan photographing Langley who has suddenly lost interest in lowering him back down: 33′ Peterson 45 years old. Note: dirt, filth and gloom.
1.20 A’danglin’ Evan… he was up there for almost 2 hours. Note: Evan’s dirt, filth and gloom.


9.2 Rat-warren-looking interior of V-berth when acquired.
Main cabin floorboards, a bit spongy when acquired.
Week 4, remove floorboards, repaint bilge, cake-on cushioning material (to silence squeaking), rebuild floorboards.
10.14 Unending job or repairing, sanding, cutting-out rot, replacing with good wood.
11.18 Rip out all the teak planking encapsulating the ceiling, remove all wiring: repaint and re-wire with marine-compliant wiring.

12.16 Waterproof, epoxied and handbuilt new foorboards. Base for the mast also completely rebuilt.
A brief respite after working 15 weekends non-stop. Behind the staircase leading up to the deck, the engine compartment. Chart table to the left.
2.17 Not just the interior but the engine compartment and the storage lockers also needed full re-build. Here, the flooring was laid by handcut plywood, then treated for durability and waterproofing. To the side, entry into engine… panels similarly treated but layered with fireproofing 1/8 inch thick foam, and on top of that 3/4 inch soundproofing. Jeech!
Cutting-to-measure… wood-paneled flooring…
Tedious work in close-quarters requiring precision and skill which not everyone possesses!
Partially done…
Fully complete… took about 5 hours…
3.20 Now, warmth and tranquility. Luxuriousness…. but now on to the next project!

Exterior: deck and helm

7.20 Grime, soot, mold… several years of just sitting and waiting for some rescue. The sticker says “12 person capacity”.
Climbing into the cockpit locker allows access to the engine compartment and more. A favorite workspace for about 6 weeks running.
8.20 The helm, or cockpit as it originally appeared 15 weeks ago. Note the teak-strips to keep your feet out of constant water… they of course needed to be removed completely…
The helm tidied-up a bit, scrubbed as much as physical labor can possibly manage over two weekends. Doesn’t seem to have made a dent.
3.9 Starboard side with huge winches and french-cleats. Scrubbed and sanded.
More scrubbing and sanding, prep for painting. Requires 3 coats marine-paint: paint upon clean-surface (hahahaha, right!), wait to dry, paint on dry surface again, wait; apply final coat, wait.
3.10 First Mate Freddie Snoxall of Niijima fame, slaving laboriously in-between naps and lunches. That is a LOT of hard work… stubborn stains and grime.
3.10 Captain Evan Burkowsky besides Garuda. Two weeks later, with sails re-attached and lines replaced, off to Kisarazu Marina for hull treatment then to home-port ~3/25/24. Congratulations, Captain! Welcome back, Garuda!
1.20 When you need a hole when there was none. But you’d still like to have one….
Masking tape on all brightwork or metal… thousands of these everywhere: buckles, clasps, hooks, hinges, buttons… endless.
2.24 Scrubbed and sanded bow, ready for painting. That is a windlass, a crank for lifting-up the anchor. I think it works… will find out next weekend!
First coat applied… need to do it all within shortest amount of time. Dirt, soot and debris seems to just fall from the sky!
Cabin hatch just above V-berth… newly installed, of course.
Lots and lots of masking…. the steeering-wheel or rudder is called the helm.
And more winches (the mechanical kind, not the female kind); Winches are otherwise known as blocks (the mechanical kind, not the male kind).
I kind of don’t envy the job or tearing off all the masking tape but when we do, wow the boat will appear completely different than before! Already kind of does!
Lots of French-cleats… lots and lots of masking-tape. I have bad dreams still of masking tape… And then there’s the removal…
3.9 What an unbelievable improvement of the cockpit and helm. This isn’t lipstick-on-a-pig!


“Oh hell why not? Might as well just yank out the old engine and put in a larger and more powerful one I just found laying around!” once said Evan Burkowsky.
12.16 A vacant engine bay. Discovered in the process: the crank was cracked and misaligned… so replaced the whole mechanism from the propeller-to-driveshaft in one fell-swoop (without sinking the boat). Oh, right: the new engine did not quite “fit” so had to chew-down on the bedding a couple centimeters. Fun!
12.27 The ties that bind us. Notice the entire engine bay has been striped, so new walls, fireproofing and sound-proofing needs to be measured, cut, and adhered.
1.20 New engine: quieter, more powerful, tons more dependable… shinny, too! New engine bay to boot!

The hull

3/22 Hoisted out of the bay, thick layer of growth all under the waterline… that’s what 5 years of inattention will give you!
Gunk: in places almost an inch thick… the red color is the last paint applied.. which is designed to keep the barnacles and growth from proliferating: generally needs to be redone every two or three years.
This monster we use to force-off the layer of growth. After the hull dries, then scrape everything again. Wash-off again. After drying, sand to a flat layer, look for damages to the hull (found / repaired several, using various techniques Evan has perfected since working on fishing boats as a kid). Wash-off again, paint with two coats when dry. Whew.
We were fed, from time-to-time… never enough, never of enough substance. But at least Tabasco.
3.23 Like ghost busters. This work is filthy and arduous. The pressure hose works great but blasts gunk everywhere including all over the slaves.
Piles and piles, mounds of accummulated junk.
3.23 Removing the propeller to replace the cutlass, reinstall, prepare everything for years of use without worry.
3.9 Several victims were involved in this months-long process…. almost a year! …but at least the rudder is now looking ready for coats of epoxy and strengthening treatment before the final two coats of black hull paint.
Removing years of oxidation and grime… a nice result with plenty of elbow grease.
Keel needed some serious repair, then sanding to a fine finish.
A couple of bubbles from hull osmosis-damage: identified, cut-out, refilled with fiberglass and then sanded, painted, then the final two coats of black underwater paint.
3.22 Shiny above, fully prepared below: ready for the undercoats.


1.25 Not terribly out-of-shape or damaged… just dirty and unused. Need professional cleaning and minor restitching. All the lines and halyards, of course, to be replaced. Woo-hoo!
2.18. Two weeks later, back from the sail-cleaning shop. Nice job! Notice that this is the foresail, much bigger than the mainsail!


3.24 Captain Burkowsky finally at the helm, traversing Tokyo Bay to snuggle in, for Garuda the first time, into home port Katsuyama… the end of (well, not quite… STILL needs to replace that 45 year-old, used-to-be-bright-red, cutesy pink life-preserver) a long journey.
Bimini and dodger added, ready for anything!

Please post your comment or observations if this tickled any of your fancy…

Super Keelhaul 2024!

Super Keelhauls 2022-23 were a great success! More than 50 members, non-members and families join the party every year. The food is delicious (pizza, pasta, burgers, salads, sweets!) and drink are flowing non-stop.Don`t mis it this year too!

The Super Keelhaul 2024 will be on March 23th (Sat), from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Wolfgang Puck Pizza (Minato Mirai), which is about a 10 minute walk from the Yokohama Pacifico where the Boat Show will be held! Gather at the booth with us or come straight to the venue!

Nishi Ward, Minatomirai, 2 Chome−2−1 ランドマークタワ 1階 WP PIZZA

We’ve booked a group buffet with all you can drink, so please book through us at the link below if you will be joining us.

When: March 23th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (door open 5:30)

Super Keelhaul 2024

MEMBERS: ¥4,000


Payment Options:

Due to the timing of this event, TSPS can only accept online credit card payments.

Please provide the total cost and total number of people for everyone in your party in the payment form.  And we look forward to seeing you there!

Payment deadline : March 17 (Sun) 6 pm

Please note that TSPS does not retain any credit card information. All credit card payments are processed and encrypted using Stripe.

January Keelhaul, next-up: February!

By Timothy Langley, February 6, 2024

January’s Keelhaul at the Jiyugaoka Devil Craft (this Report)

Ahoy Members, sailors, wannabes, drunkards & swashbucklers ;

TSPS holds a monthly gathering every month, open to everyone, called the Keelhaul.

In January about 15 people showed-up for pints of craft beer and delicious Chicago deep pizza. Photos below identify most of the culprits but, in a nutshell, 6 Bridge Members attended, two new Members, and approximately 5 boat-owners joined others to eventually stumble out at closing-time.

Sailing, in spite of the bad reputation, does not mean you have to be wealthy. Thirsty, yes, but not wealthy.

Though the core of TSPS is for helping people qualify for the Japanese boat licenses in English (see the schedule of Tests and classes are posted on the TSPS website), there are  regular social components and skills-upgrading opportunities, too. Similarly, there are opportunities to get out on the water, crew on someone’s boat, join in overnight sailing, purchasing a yacht or rescuing/restoring something of timeless worth (a couple of those projects on-going and wildly bragged about over beers). Plus , just getting together and meeting new people.

The February Keelhaul is at Pizzakaya in Roppongi from 7:00 o’clock (but earlier is better!): February 7th…. no excuses.

Upcoming in March is the enormous Yokohama Boat Show (TSPS will have a booth) and a SUPER Keelhaul on the last Saturday of the Boat Show (Wolfgang Puck’s in Yokohama!)

Stay tuned to learn more about these opportunities and the venues, and get involved in supporting sailing the waters in-and-around Japan!

Lovely Devil Craft in Jiyugaoka, venue for the January Keelhaul. Too chilly for outside but nice when available. Owner Steve Bettink is a Member of TSPS, so please frequent his place!
Captain Ash Smart, TSPS Webmaster, with Captain Bruce Reinhart, working his second pint.
Erol Emed selecting the precisely right Craft Beer to accommodate the occasion (his first of 8 pints!). Captain Svetlana Ilyushechkina Social Activities & Administrative Officer, rocking those turquoise fingernails, contemplating her 6th pint; Captain Bruce in the background yacking it up with former Commander Mike Snyder (boat-owner) behind Svet.
Captain Svetlana Ilyushechkina serving deep-dish pizza, apparently ordered by Commander Van Alstine. Disappeared as if being served to a school of piraña.
Captain Wolfgang Bierer (boat-owner) and Maya Matsuoka, respectfully giving praise to the Beer gods before downing it in one gulp (ever observant Server at-the-ready with her next one).
The coveted piece o’ pizza.
Pizza arrives, pizza disappears. Erol Emed victoriously celebrating (… I guess he is in his 4th pint by now…). Svet looking for silverware to stock her kitchen at home.
Mark Lindlof joining for beers… more of a powerboat kind of guy, he admits. Though TSPS is loaded with sailors, motor-boaters also make up a significant portion of the Members. Erol Emed pensively gazing into the distance….
Captain Bruce being quisical, Robert Lang explaining with vigor.
Commander Bill Van Alstine, grinning Captain Claude Strobbe (boat-owner), Education Officer, with Captain Ash Smart, Webmaster.
Captain Ash, Captain Bruce,Captain Mike Snyder… everyone awaiting the third Chicago-style pizza!
Maya with Robert Lang…
Svet forgetting in mid-sentence what she was going to say….
Bridge Secretary & Legal Officer Captain Timothy Langley, hoisting a beer with Ash, Bill, and Sir Claude providing emotional support (and in Sir Claude’s case, helpfully opening the hot sauce).
Captain Mike Snyder looking loonglingly at the photographer. Long days at sea will do that to you, we have heard; Captain Bruce telling him to keep it down (under his breath).
Captain Svet savoring her, like, 16th pint, and looking for a fight.
… but then someone says, “hey, Svet! I’ll shout you a pint!” And the World is at Peace again.
Restoration-in-Process, Captain Evan Burkowsky’s Garuda.
Generally-speaking, undertaking ownership, to say nothing about restoration, requires a goodly amount of tools.
Some tools don’t quite look like tools, but instead items of clothing. Here is Evan strapping-in for a hoist up the mast.
The art of dangling is an acquired skill. Evan in a bosun’s chair… Langley on-deck cranking his heavy-ass up there three separate times!

(Upcoming: February’s Keelhaul at Nishi-Azabu’s Pizzakaya on February 7th)

End of a Year Party! Dec 6, 2023

It`s time to announce our annual Bonenkai!!!

This year the party will take place in the iconic luxury waterfront hotel  INTERCONTINENTAL TOKYO BAY, just in front of Takeshiba St.Dress up (or not), drink and eat all you can, enjoy the spectacular view across the Sumida River which includes the skyscrapers across the river in the area known as Little Manhattan and the view of Tokyo Bay that includes the nearby Rainbow Bridge and the Odaiba area.

We are also going to have our new traditional Annual Award, praising achievements and failures of our fellow sailors . Last year it was great fun, be sure not to miss it this year!!


Date : Wednesday  December 6

Time: from 18:30 till 21:00

Food : French cuisine

Drink: free flow beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks 

Entertainment: Annual Award 2023

Payment deadline: Nov 25 (Sat) 18:00
Payment: Online credit-card payments exclusively: no in-cash or day-of payments.


Bonenkai 2023 - INTERCONTINENTAL - 6 Dec 2023

TSPS Members:
Adults (12 years and older):  ¥7,000
Child (12 and younger):    ¥free

NON-TSPS Members:
Adults (12 years and older): ¥10,000
Child (12 and younger):   ¥5,000

TSPS Members:
Adults (12 years and older):  ¥7,000
Child (12 and younger):    ¥free

NON-TSPS Members:
Adults (12 years and older): ¥10,000
Child (12 and younger):   ¥5,000

Any questions: contact Svetlana at 

’23 Fall BBQ at Yumenoshima Marina

by Timothy Langley, posted on 10/16/23

The Tokyo Sail & Powerboat Squadron hosted it’s wonderfully-popular annual Fall BBQ this last Saturday (10/07/23). On the top deck of Yumenoshima Marina 34 Members & Guests joined for an open tap with lots of grilled meats, vegetables and even yakisoba! As the photos reveal, a robust time was had by all with magnificent Fall weather and blue skies.

The leadership of the NPO also took the opportunity to hold their monthly organizational meeting just prior to the BBQ. For the first time, in fact, Members of the USPS (of which TSPS is the largest squadron in District 13) also joined-in virtually. This was open to all TSPS Members. Of note was the Tony Whitman recognition for 50 years of devotion to TSPS and for his instrumental involvement in setting-up the Club under the leadership of George Purdy and his magnificent wife Midori forty-five years ago! What an achievement & legacy!

Attached below are photos of the BBQ event but in closing, please remember that the Keelhaul for November will be (always First Wednesday) November 1st at the Devil Craft in Jiyugaoka. The Keelhaul is our most regularly-attended social event, over beer and pizza, and is open-door to sailors & guests alike. Photos and descriptions can always be found at

Also, please visit the revamped TSPS webpage to register ( for our annual end-of-year party: December 6th, at the Intercontinental Hotel next to Tokyo Bay Bridge! Last year’s Event & Awards Ceremony extravaganza can be viewed at!

The Yumenoshima Marina location right inside Tokyo (Imperial Palace upper left)!

The green building (bottom corner) is the marina & facilities.

The deck overlooking the yachtdocks was our venue of the TSPS Fall BBQ of 2023.

Commander Bill Van Alstine logging-in and preparing the monthly Bridge Meeting… this one, an open invitation for TSPS Members to join as Observers.

Bridge Meeting before BBQ, video-conferencing USPS Officers from sister-squadrons in the US, too: John Kratoschvil, Gary Thomas, Brendan Morris, Ash Smart, Claude Strobbe, Commander Bill Van Alstine (Observers: Laurie Wesselhoff, Bruce Reinhart) (Timothy Langley out-of-picture)

Three grills… ladden trays-of-food .. delivered & replenished throughout the afternoon. Beer keg replaced twice!

Andy, Brendan, Bill…. swashbucklers.

Captain Sherwin and big-streetbike riddin’ Colin.

The Man, The Legend….

Free-flowing wine and beer-on-tap! Commander Bill extended the cut-off time for an additional 1.5 hours, so we went long and everyone stayed late!

Captains Jiro Fujiwara and Strobbe.

Jiro, with half-empty/half-full Claude Strobbe

Andy, Brendan (Kaoru & Chris in the background slavin’ away!)

Bridge Secretary & Legal Officer Captain Timothy Langley slaving-away, Education Officer Captain Claude Strobbe in background.


Chris taking on BBQ duties: with appreciation Chris! (…didn’t burn things half as bad as Langley did… this year & last!)

Vlad, John… a competition for a bottle of the highly prized Myers’s Rum! John pointing-out a fine bone of contention, hotly contested….

Colin, Vlad, John (great reflection from the storm-windows!)

John, Freddie, Brendan, Colin, Vlad (Laurie & Bruce in the background)

Little Michael Staley: Kent

Cloe & Keiko (only just barely tolerating us…). Another good reflection in the window revealing the Tokyo skyline in the distance.

High Tension Andy in the background with Michael, Dominique

Max Ziurin

Kaoru, Andy, Chris (Michael and Max in the background)

Kaoru (and guy looking out the window)

Captain Freddie Snoxal, Administrative Officer Brendan Morris (sorry new Member with the shades… can’t make out your name~!).

Bruce Reinhart

Squadron Webmaster & IT Head Ash Smart, Commander Bill Van Alstine

Commander Bill Van Alstine, Colin Sheldon, Boating Activities Chair Vlad Legeza, Membership Chair John Kratochvil

Administrative Officer Brendan Morris

Captain Jiro, Captain & Mrs. Darren Halliday.

Governor Gary Thomas

Captain Jeremy Sanderson, Jerry Brady

Captain (& exalted Former Commander) Mike Snyder, Renowned MC Andy Lawson

Susanne Schierok

Self Evident: The Sherwin.

THE Famous Fuji Jake!

Laurie Wesselhoff, Naoko Staley

Mr. Yaki Soba

Boating Activities Chair Vlad Legeza, Squadron Webmaster & IT Head Ashley Smart, Captain extraordinaire Darren Halliday

Steve Bettnick, Nikolay Gritsenko

Captain Demir Sadokoglu, Captain Michael Staley, Captain Sherwin Faden, Colin Sheldon

Captain Michael Snyder, Captain Sherwin Faden and Hollywood star Andy Lawson

Max, Dom & Claude looking at boats they covet…

Kent, Michael, Naoko!

Famous Nijima Island resident Freddie Snoxall getting a lift after a laborious day of drinking and carousing at the marina….

… while John Kratoschvil, on the other hand, receiving of a different kind of lift.


This event was another success due to the planning, preparation and involvement of many people. A special thanks, however, goes out to Svetlana Ilyushechkina and Claude Strobbe for making the arrangements for food, venue, the roster and payment administration. Claude also brought in several boxes of swag, which was a bit hit! A great time was had by all!

Next up: November Keelhaul in Jiyugaoka (11/02) and the End-of-Year Blowout & Awards Ceremony on December 6 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Keelhaul: monthly gathering of salty dogs

September ’23 at Pizzakaya in Nishi Azabu

By Timothy Langley

The second Wednesday of September found our monthly Keelhaul at Pizzakaya in Roppongi. Although the Notice wasn’t well circulated due to webpage revitalization and laziness in getting the word out, this turned-out to be one of our largest Keelhauls of the year!

TSPS Commander, Bill Van Alstine, held court and generously ordered pizza for the assembled masses. Typically, TSPS orders the first few and afterwards, you are on your own. Pizzakaya is a well-known and frequent haunt for salty sailors, but we don’t go here EVERY month. The Regulars know to pay your own way and in this area there was plenty of craft beers jostled about!

Bridge Members John Kratochvil (Membership), Timothy Langley (Secretary & Legal Officer), Svetlana Ilyushechkina (Administrative Officer), Claude Strobbe (Educational Officer), Ashley Smart (Squadron Webmaster & IT Head), Vlad Legeza (Boating Activities Chair) were likewise present but, wow: there were about 30 other people! TSPS totally dominated the entire shop!

I was not successful in getting the names of everyone but outstandingly we had 4 guests, 2 new Members, and the rest diehard Keelhaulers! Apparently, the guests were curious about sailing lessons but due to the finicky webpage, decided to join the group over beers and pizza. Since then, I am told the issues with calendar and access to Lessons has been addressed.

In any event, this Keelhaul was loosely organized: no speeches, no introductory round-the-table runs, no save-your-ass lessons from John Kratochvil. But it was great fun with lots of comradery, particularly due to the fact that so many old salts showed-up including past Commander Mike Snyder!

While the Keelhaul is TSPS’s most regularly-scheduled social event (1st Wednesday-every month), we also host two annual barbeques and lots of on-the-water opportunities to sail or motorboat.

On October 7th, in fact, (13 days from this writing!), an always fabulous BBQ happens at Yumenoshima Marina on Saturday afternoon. Details elsewhere on the webpage but sign-up deadline is approaching so please hurry.

Also, the next Keelhaul approaches for October: Devil Craft in Jiyugaoka; the lessons for passing Class I and Class II tests are ongoing now.  Fall sailing season is here!

And finally, make sure you are on the Mailing List to receive Announcements directly and bookmark the webpage to register. 

Here are some photos of the event:

Golden Week 2023 Sail Report

by Timothy Langley, May 15, 2023 Tokyo (revised September 26th)

Overview: The following describes two hearty sailors setting out over the long Golden Week to outline the boarder of their licensed area, Region One, in Japanese waters. This journey took 7 days.

Vessel: Yamaha ‘26C sailing yacht (1983) Santana.

Crew: Timothy Langley & Evan Burkosky.

Journey: traverse Region One (Santana’s registered area) over 7~8 days. Ultimately, sailed 7 days, traversed 270 nautical miles, hit islands Oshima, Niijima, Miyakejima; returned to touch Shimoda (Shizuoka Prefecture), then home-port sprint to Awa-Katsuyama. One nighttime sailing leg of 16 hours (Port Ako Miyakejima to Shimoda).


Leg One:  4/29 Saturday, depart 4:30 am from Home Port Awa-Katsuyama (Chiba Peninsula) for Habu Harbor, Oshima Island. Head-on wind required extreme tack into Sagami Bay for ~5 hours, tack back, then hug the shadow of Oshima Island to shelter somewhat from tremendous building winds and seas. Mainsail set throughout at 3rd reefed position. Storm approaching from the south, hitting in several hours.  14 hour sail.

Leg Two: 5/01 Monday depart (one-day layover) Habu Harbor at 4:00 am for Niijima Island. Very brisk crossing and almost entirely over/through the Kuroshio current; very choppy & confused waters, lots of leaping tuna. 9 hour sail. Sail almost exclusively on Spinnaker, consistently maintaining 6 knots/hour! Trouble: when bagging spinnaker from the bow, sheet inadvertently fell into the water (unnoticed) and got immediately caught-up in prop; Captain Evan’s dive under the boat to untangle quickly achieved success… no damage but close-call.

Leg Three: 5/02 Monday arrive Niijima Port at 1:40 pm (7 hour sail). Tie-up, walk to sea-water hot springs “Yunohama Ryoten Onsen”. Drive around island care of new friend (JET Teacher assigned to Niijima Education System) Freddie Snoxall. Forced-feast at Chinese restaurant. Early next-day departure.

Leg Four: 5/03 Tuesday depart Niijima Port at 4:00 am heading for Miyakejima Island. 21 nautical miles, with new crew member Freddie. Very swift crossing over rough waters but made excellent time, arriving after only 6 hour sail.

Leg Five: 5/03 Tuesday arrive in Ako Port on the south-western side of Miyakejima at 10:00 am. Walk to nearby “Furosato-no-yu onsen”; a hearty lunch at Kairaku Hotel; puffed on cigars on the massive breakwater; walk around unsuccessfully searching for dinner (town completely rolls-up at 7:00 o’clock); brief visit to Snackbar Azabu for drinks. Next day scooter riding through winding roads, lava fields, the highest accessible points on the island (much of the island is a no-go due to volcanic activity), etc.. Lunch at yucky, almost unbearable, Chinese shack.

Leg Six: 5/05 Wednesday depart 5:30 pm for night sail (while the sun is still up): destination Yaizu City in Shizuoka Prefecture, Oi River (the western boundary of Santana’s registered sailing area). Trouble: once in open water, bowlight shorted-out (still in daylight but nightfall approaching). Captain Evan springing again into action with trouble-shooting, finding spares within Santana, repaired in the dark while underway in rough seas. Pretty tense as seas rough; head downwind at slow clip (see sailing diagram, below), Evan dangling on the Bowspirit to reattach the entire housing, with success finally. 16 hour sail (only slightly due to the bowlight issue). Navigating by the stars and treated to constant meteor shower!

Leg Seven: 5/06 Thursday arrive Iritahama Beach in Shimoda at 9:30 am, due to unfavorable winds forbidding the full Suruga Bay traverse; 16 hour overnight sail. Brief 3 hour anchor off the beach, then 1.5 hour sail into Shimoda Cove, Admiral Perry Visitor’s Pier arriving 12:30 noon. Overnight layover: lunch in-town; glorious bath at Thousand-People Kayaya Ryokan Onsen at Rentaiji Station; bbq ribs dinner; hit Tosaya Soul Bar on the warf until 1:00 o’clock.

Leg Eight: 5/04 Friday depart Shimoda Cove 4:30 am for Home Port Katsuyama (expected to be ~14 hour sail in rough seas in following 25+kt winds). Only sail 40% of jib-sail, no main-sail throughout. Turns-out to be the best day of sailing in strong winds for first 2/3rds, then extremely strong winds in last 1/3 but arriving earlier than expected at 4:30… a 12 hour sail! Averaging 6 knots the entire day on the sliver of a foresail!

End: 5/05 Friday, hit Home Port Katsuyama on the Chiba Peninsula at 4:30 pm; 12 hour sail.

Interior of Santana, prepared for journey (Leg 1).
Captains Burkosky and Langley strapped-in (Leg 1).
Evan in full rain gear, safety harness, before
departing (Leg 1).
Hunkered-down in Habu Harbor, driving rain while
stuck in-port (Leg 2).
Circular Habu Port (a collapsed caldera that opens to the sea) (Leg 2).
Sometimes treated with scrumptious food (Leg 2).
Tied-up in Niijima Port (Leg 3).
Exploring the volcanic island of Miyakejima (Leg 4).
Chillin’ while attending to the many issues that naturally come-up while
underway: sail repair, re-organizing quarters, drying things out. Note
the rope-ladder for when the tide drops and we need to clamber onto the quay (Leg 4).
Magical Miyakejima with other Izu islands in the distance (Leg 4).
Still very active volcano in the center of the island: no-go zone
encircling the center, smoke-spewing caldera (Leg 4).
Spinnaker repair while in-port (Leg 4).
Must-do bowlight repair while underway, heading into
night-sail, rough seas (Leg 5).
Always strapped-in while on-deck. Evan Burkosky (Leg 5).
Centennial outcropping off Miyakejima.
Strapped-in (Leg 5).
Shimoda’s Iritahama Beach, where we anchored briefly
after overnight sail of 16 hours (Leg 5).
Santana tied-up at visitor’s berth in Admiral Perry
Cove, Shimoda (Leg 5).
Well-appreciated dinner & hydration after long
soak in nearby onsen (Leg 5).
Fortitude for next day’s 4:00 a.m. jaunt across both Sagami
and Tokyo Bays, Soul Bar Tosaya… until 1:00 am (i.e., three-hour shut-eye)(Leg 5).
Brisk sail under a sliver of a foresail, heading home after 7 days of
 sailing; 25~30 kh winds at our backs: hitting 6 knots for 12 hours (Leg 6)!
Home Port Awa-Katsuyama on Chiba Peninsula! Whew (Leg 6)!

October BBQ 2023 at Yumenoshima Marina

The summer heat is not going away anytime soon, so let`s have some refreshment with beer and a stunning view at our annual traditional BBQ at Yumenoshima! 

Nag about the heat, boast about your summer trips in Caribbean and European seas, find new friends and crew members for your autumn/winter sailing season.

Here where you can find us!

Place: Yumenoshima Marina & Grill (
Date : Saturday October 7
Time: from 13:00 till 16:00
Food : bbq set
Drink: free beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks 
Entertainment: live band

Payment deadline: Sep 30 (Sat) 12pm
Payment: Online credit-card payments exclusively: no in-cash or day-of payments.


Yumenoshima Marina BBQ 2023 Oct 7

TSPS Members:
 Adults (12 years and older):  ¥6,000
Child (12 and younger):    ¥free

NON-TSPS Members:
Adults (12 years and older): ¥8,000
Child (12 and younger):   ¥4,000

Any questions: contact Svetlana at or Claude at

April Keelhaul Report

April 5th, 2023

By Timothy Langley

As usual, the second Wednesday of every month is reserved for our monthly Keelhaul. April saw us experimenting with a new venue, the fabulous Midtown BBQ in Suidobashi, close to the Tokyo Dome (

This new venue is off our normal TSPS beaten-track (DevilCraft or Pizzakaya). And probably because this was just 11 days after our wildly successful Boat Show SuperKeelhaul, participation was somewhat down, but the energy was extremely high; the food was excellent and the craft beer flowing. 

Newly inducted TSPS Commander, Bill Van Alstine, was joined by Bridge Members John Kratochvil (Membership) and Timothy Langley (Secretary & Legal Officer) together with 4 guests, 2 new Members, and 11 diehard Keelhaulers! 

To kick things off, Commander Van Alstine donated several plates of wings and pizzas! Ordering thereafter was clunky at first but everyone could order on their own and pay individually. This worked-out due to astute John organizing a sign-in sheet and issuing Name-tags! This not only helped the waite-staff but also generated better comradery all around. It was a great event.

The Keelhaul is TSPS’s most regularly-scheduled social event, falling almost always on the first Wednesday of every month. If you are not securely on the Mailing List (to receive Announcements directly), the venue & time notices are posted on our elegant TSPS webpage ( 

If you have ideas for Keelhaul venue (or input regarding this venue), please don’t hesitate as we are always looking for great locations to comfortably accommodate our usual ~25+ attendees.

Finally, since the first Wednesday of May falls within Golden Week, the Bridge will determine the most appropriate date for our NEXT Keelhaul. If you have a preference on date or venue, please post to

Here are some photos of the event:

Super Keelhaul 2023 Report

March 25th, 2023

By Timothy Langley

The SuperKeelhaul is an annual event always held in conjunction with the International Boat Show in Yokohama. 

Going on two-years strong, the event was again held at Wolfgang Puck’s pizzeria. This was such a resounding success, with an open-bar and free-flowing, delicious food, that TSPS not only  took-over the entire shop from the 6:00 o’clock start, but extended an hour to accommodate the tremendous fun, joviality and comradery that flourished. Approximately 12 guests / potential new-members joined the assembly of 60 or so TSPS Members!

A great shout-out not only to Svetlana for organizing the Super Keelhaul, but also to the valiant Booth Committee’s Claude Strobbe, Jeff Canady, Bill Van Alstine and a slew of diligent volunteers, as well! The Booth attracted a huge amount of attention and we received, as a result, many visitors interested in learning more about TSPS.

Please reach-out to future volunteer-opportunities in TSPS-sponsored events: you can always expect to be involved in something fun and engaging. 

Here are some photos of the event: