Toshi Shima Island, Mie

pos 34:32.57N 136:52.43E
Kariya Bay, Toshi Shima Island

Thursday 28/4
It was still raining in the morning but at 8.30 it stopped. We did not intend to stay anchored in a shitty industrial harbour longer than necessary.
Off we went set to go back to Toba Marina, one of the places I had applied permission to go to. I was promised to get the permission in the afternoon.
The wind was not going to make it possible to sail east to Omaezaki until the next day.
Soon the VHF started off: Where are you going? Sailing! Go back! No we are sailing until we get our permission! Go back! No!
Suddenly the Coast Guard cutter from yesterday appered and started screaming at us.
I was on the VHF with Nagoya Coast Guard radio and at the same time the cutter screamed in their loud-hailer. REDUCE SPEED! We were doing about 7 knots with just the genoa in big seas. It looked like they were preparing to board us.
I tried to call them on the radio, no answer. As I was speaking with the Coast Guard radio they must have heard the lunatics on the cutter screaming at us.
Suddenly they turned around and went away.
We continued to a small bay at Toshi Shima Island and anchored there. After all this excitement we needed something different so we launched the dinghy and went ashore. We walked across the island, did some shopping at a small store and returned. From the Dinghy we spotted this beautiful Bamboo grove and went to have a look. When we came back a smaller coast guard boat raced into our bay. Luckily it was the nice guys from Toba marina. We promised to behave and leave in the morning.
All is well.
Lars and crew

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