“Setouchi International Yacht Rally 2013 (SIYR2013)” is a project which aims to enjoy cruising in Seto Naikai with Japanese yachties and foreign yachties together in the 2013 fall.
The inovation of IT technology in the past decade has been aggressive in the field of GPS, digital charts, satellite telephones and internet weather services. Long distance voyagers in the oceans are receiving the benefit of these inovations. Over 10 Japanese boats returned to Japan from long distance voyages last year. And now at least 4 Japanese boats are still in the oceans. There are several hundreds boats sailing around the world every year but they are visiting many countries and the yachts visiting Japan are less than 10 each year. Furthermore half of them are super yachts. Normal yachts visiting Japan are still rare. The condition of the sea in Japan has severe aspects such as typhoons. Japanese sailors find it too easy to go around the world along the equator. Despite the severe seas, Japan has several world class cruising areas.
The yachties want a nice cruising area such as ;
Good taste food,
Beautiful nature and historical heritage,
Easy to navigate.
The first item is difficult to achieve because Japan is one of the leading industrialized country. The last item is also difficult in some coastal areas due to fishing nets and rafts. Even during daytime, sailors come across trouble without local navigation knowledge. Another issue is that English information is limited on navigation and anchorages. Putting these two items aside, some regions of Japan have the perfect score as a cruising area.
The purpose of this rally is to provide an inexpensive and easy voyage by the first trial of an international rally in Japan. In addition, we plan to promote a grass-roots international network of yachties and expect the foreign participants will promote Japan as a cruising area in their own country.
A yacht rally will normally accept applications from persons who will join with their own boat. SIYR2013 will welcome foreign boats and Japanese boats. In addition the SIYR2013 will accept applications from foreign yachties who will visit Japan by air then board on Japanese host boats.
The reason why we provide Japanese host boats is simply to increase the numbers of foreigners joining the Rally. The foreign boats heading for Japan are still few for many people think that Japan is attractive but not attractive to visit there with their own boat. So we will provide various support to yachties who will come to Japan with their boats. This includes Japanese formality procedure support, Japanese Cruising information in English and over wintering support.
The rally area is Seto-Naikai (Inland sea) which is famous as a cruising and rally spot in Japan in early october when it is expected to be nice weather. The participants will enjoy the cruising in Japanese seas and we hope they will become advertisement towers for Japan as a nice cruising area.
At the end, we are sorry that the total attending boats is limited to around 10 boats due to the space of anchorages. We expect that in 2014 and beyond a more flexible rally will happen.
Setouchi International Yacht Rally 2013 Execution Committee formed in Long distance Voyagers Association in Japan (LVAJ) will host the Rally. The Executive Committee role is the planning and the preparations for the Rally. The Rally itself will be operated by the Rally Committee and the Local committees.
The Execution Committee members are ;
Chair: Sho Sugihara
Co-Chair: Yasufumi Murase
Members: Isao Yamazaki, Senichi Nagao, Giant Shiode, Masami Sakaguchi, Koichi Yamada, Don Saigo, Yoshikatus Wakao, Hideshige Seki, Toru Inoue, Tamio Meguro, Shigeo Sawa, Koichiro Ohno, Ryoko Serata, Masahiko Baba, Tomoko Nishi, Yumiko Shirakawa, Hiroshi Misaka, Haruna Motegi, Norio Konno, Yoichi Motoki & Jeremy Elsom.
Auspices & Sponsors
- Japan Tourism Agency
- Hiroshima Prefecture
- Hiroshima Kanon Marina
- Vitalization Committee of Onomichi Station of the Sea
- Sakaigahama Marina
- Ashiya Marina
- First Marine Co., Ltd.
- Aqua Senpaku Kantei Co., Ltd. (Surveyors company)
- Hiroshima Prefectural Sailing Federation
- Nio Yacht Club
Other Important Information
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SIYR2014 and Beyond
SIYR2013 is the first international yacht rally in Japan. We hope SIYR will become an annual event with the success of SIYR2013.
But the rally style of SIYR2013 is special to invite many foreigners, it is a big burden for “Host Boats” and also for “Foreign Boats”.
From 2014 next year, the rally should have a normal way. No more “Host boats”. And by extending route and period, it could be possible wherever yachties can join the rally and leave the rally. It would be easier, more flexible and happier!
Near future the rally route and period would be longer, we hope.
SIYR2013 Executive Committee
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