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Friends Don’t Let Friends Drift Away

TSPS members Per Knudsen and Anne Bille were concluding a week-long cruise to the Izu Islands and readying their boat Bifrost to dock at their homeport of Velasis when they encountered an unusual sight:

Sleeping man adrift on a floating mattress in the Uraga Strait
Sleeping man adrift on a floating mattress in the Uraga Strait

Apparently, a young man had a bit too much to drink and had fallen asleep on his floating mattress. According to Per, the guy had drifted more than 500 meters from shore and the prevailing current was pushing him out to sea. Fortunately or unfortunately, no amount of screaming at the young man by the crew of Bifrost roused him from his slumber, so Per called Velasis Marina for help. Bifrost continued to circle him until a Velasis inflatable arrived on the scene and woke up the young man and took him back to dry land.

It’s doubtful the young lad would have reached open water as the Uraga area is quite busy with sailing and small fishing vessels. However, this episode does raise concerns, and as a boating safety organization, TSPS should weigh in with some safety tips.

#1. “Friends don’t let friends drift away.”
Take responsibility for others. At the beach, always be thinking about your safety and that of your friends and family, but if at some point you find yourself absent one friend and one floating mattress, assume the worst and call an emergency hotline.

#2. “Don’t drink and float.”
Obviously. The gentle sway of the sea, a fresh ocean breeze, and one cocktail too many will undoubtedly lull you to sleep. For the high percentage of people who ignore such advice, don’t board a mattress alone- go with a friend. Have fun, converse. Failing that, or a friend, make sure you are either tethered via very long line to a strong tree or that you are in fact in a swimming pool or lake and not on a body of water that covers some 32% of the earth’s surface.

In all seriousness, a high number of people die on the beaches of Japan every summer. Often the cause is alcohol-related or simply ignorance of the environment- unknown depths, currents, rip tides, the effect of too much sun, etc…. Safety should always be of the highest priority when at or on the sea.

Report: 2013 Spring Rendezvous & Cruise


The 2013 Spring Rendezvous and Cruise held on June 8 began under clear blue skies. It wasn’t supposed to happen that way, given the “Ministry of Weather” had declared the beginning of rainy season two weeks before. We’d done our due diligence, reserving space at Velasis next to the clubhouse to take advantage of their giant awning if the rain came down. When it became clear that Saturday would remain clear, we quickly moved the event to deck space separating the boat yard from the marina for a view of the boats floating at their docks; the perfect setting for the feast we’d prepared.

Over thirty people attended the event, with new and old members mixing with friends with children. Two boats sailed in: Mike Snyder’s Distant Dreamer carrying two crew and Demir Sadikoglu’s Akdenizli with four people aboard.

It was a lively barbecue that kicked off when the beer keg was tapped at 2:00PM. The fire had been lit a bit before and soon the cook had steaks and chicken on the barbie. By the time the coals had burned out, everyone got their fill of steak, chicken, prawns, paella, steamed mussels, caesar salad, Mexican rolls, and fruit salad. Many types of beer were on offer, and the same for red and white wines, soft drinks, and water. By the end of the event everything had been consumed, with no one left wanting.

A big thanks to everyone who came out, and a special thanks to those who worked hard at putting it all together: Per Knudsen, Eugen Mall, Francis Wertheimber, and the hostess with the mostest, Rumiko Fraser.

If you attended, why not leave a comment below.

Here are a few photos in the Rendezvous photo gallery.



Spring Rendezvous Photos Now Downloadable

By popular demand, we’ve made the photos taken at the Spring Rendezvous available for download. Of course, you’re free to do with them what you like, but if you post them publicly on your Facebook or social network site, we’d like to ask you to mention the photos are from a Tokyo Sail & Power Squadron event. It may, after all, help us make new friends and find new members.

Have at them!

Fair winds,
Warren Fraser
Commander, TSPS

Report: TSPS Spring Rendezvous, 2012

2012-Spring-Rendezvous-15The TSPS Rendezvous held on June 23rd at Velasis Marina was a success. The party kicked off at 1400h and went until dusk. Lunch included roast chicken, barbecued hamburgers, caesar salad, and fruit, all was washed down with a collection of fine European craft and draft beers, Spanish wines, and American soft drinks. Demir and Nao made the trip by boat as did Stuart Gibson and a group of friends aboard his powerboat. In total 29 people attended, including our newest members Pierre-Jacque and partner Pascale from France, and Rumiko Fraser. To these three, welcome to TSPS; and to the rest, thanks so much for coming down to Velasis for the afternoon.

Warren Fraser,
Commander TSPS