Patterson reefs his sails

Those of you who may have been following the remarkable solo journey of our intrepid Research Fellow, Dr. Kirk Patterson, will be interested in the following message recently received from him.

I have decided not to sail to Okinawa this year because of the typhoon risk. That's disappointing, and it will make completing my Japan circumnavigation next year more challenging, but it will allow me to explore this area (northern Kyushu) more fully. Next week, after the next typhoon passes (and assuming a new one does not develop) I will go for a 2-3 week sail to Iki Shima,Tsushima, Hirado, Goto Islands, and Nagasaki - all important places in Japanese maritime history.I will leave Silk Purse in Fukuoka and fly back to Victoria in early December, returning in early March. --Kirk Patterson

Kirk is amassing invaluable firsthand experience for the book he plans on Japan's maritime history. It will be an important study.


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