page 5Charter Tuition 25,000Y 4-6 hours


Bill’s Little Informal Sailboat School is a small American-owned business specializing in teaching sailing and boat license reparations. Our offices are near Shin Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor, Osaka, Japan, where I base my yacht.

I’m an ASA certified instructor sailing a 35 year old Japanese built sloop – she is slow and stable. We are not in a hurry. “Cloud 9′′ meets both U.S. and Japanese regulations for sailing craft.

Chartering in Japan is near impossible, as a skipper of a Japanese registered boat must have a Japan Boat Operator’s Permit to pilot a boat. Thus, the best BLISS can do is provide you a permitted captain for a sail in the harbor waters near the marina. You are, however, able to operate the boat with the captain’s presence. Osaka Wan is about 20 miles long and 12 miles wide. It is industrial. And there is considerable shipping traffic, and fishing fleets ply the waters. Add to this several university sailing clubs practicing their racing skills, wind surfers zipping across the water, and power yachts moving to and fro — it can be an active place! Submarines have cruised by and we’ve observed Japan Defense Air Force seaplanes land and take off.

A typical Charter may cover between 10 and 15 nautical miles. In 2014, I hosted sailors from Belgium, Indonesia, Singapore, and Greece.