Monthly archives for November, 2014

Maui to Oahu – The Near-Death S...

Maui to Oahu – The Near-Death Sleigh Ride to End the Season
Let me start by reminding ourselves and our fellow cruisers that sailing and schedules do not and should not be combined.  Passages should always be undertaken with due consideration to weather and local conditions.  Under no circumstance, other than life-threatening, should we put to sea to make the next port because of a schedule or deadlin [...]

VIDEO: Riding 35+ Knot Winds in the L...

VIDEO: Riding 35+ Knot Winds in the Lee of Maui
Here’s a video the Mermaid shot while running downwind from Maalea Bay, Maui.  We had a sliver of jib out and were pushing hull speed.  The wind was 30-35 knots sustained and gusting in the high 30’s.  Look at the spray on the top of the white caps.  I got drenched and we had to pull the foulies out of deep storage to deal with th [...]

Lanai – Jeep Adventures, Diving...

Lanai – Jeep Adventures, Diving and a Tale of Two Worlds
After a very enjoyable 2 hour motor over glassy seas to Manele Bay, Lanai we tied to an actual dock for the first time since Mexico!  Sherry, the harbormaster, was so welcoming and accommodating.  She and her husband are sailors.  They are preparing their Beneteau for a trip to Tahiti next year.  Jeff invited us to ride with him up to Lanai C [...]

Maui no ka ‘oi! Moored off Lah...

Maui no ka ‘oi!  Moored off Lahaina
Maui no ka ‘oi!  Which means Maui is the Best! We had an epic day sail from La Perouse Bay to Lahaina.  The winds funnel between the volcanoes, through the valley and blast the leeward side of the island.  We flew across the stretch of protected water at 7-8 knots under reduced canvas with huge grins on our faces!  The wind was howling [...]

Land Cruising the Big Island of Hawai...

Land Cruising the Big Island of Hawaii
Aloha!  We are currently on a mooring in beautiful Lahaina, Maui.  We just sailed in yesterday from La Perouse Bay, where we stopped for two nights after running the Alenuihaha Channel from the windward side of the Big Island.  We had a great overnight downwind run through the channel with winds around 20 knots and waves 8-10 feet.  We timed [...]

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