Monthly archives for April, 2015

Hawaii to Fanning – Day 3

Hawaii to Fanning – Day 3
Night passages are difficult. The wind patterns are inconsistent, squalls are formed, and the seas look exceptionally larger because you don’t see them until they are at your stern rail(and very often are larger because of aforementioned squalls). Last night was no exception. Squall after squall hit us, with winds reaching 32kts and dri [...]

Hawaii to Fanning – Day 2 ̵...

Hawaii to Fanning – Day 2 – Part 2
The Mermaid’s post this morning was awesome. I just wanted to add a couple happenings… I had a very rude awakening this morning. I woke up to Ellie running down huge tradewind seas and lurching violently side to side when she gets thrown down wave faces. I was not anticipating the more extreme motion when I made my way to the head [...]

Hawaii to Fanning Atoll – Day 2

Hawaii to Fanning Atoll – Day 2
It is Day 2 of our passage and we have sailed another 128nm in the past 24 hours with 680nm to go. The wind and seas have increased (20-28kts, 8-12′ seas) and moved more ENE, allowing us to sail slightly downwind for a more comfortable ride. Lewis put out one of our last Skabenga lures since we were sailing 6.5kts and within 2 hours we [...]

Hawaii to Fanning Atoll – Day 1

Hawaii to Fanning Atoll – Day 1
Day 1 Summary: At 0700 this morning we had covered 145 miles since leaving Kona and were 113 miles south of the Big Island and 800 miles N of Fanning Atoll. We nailed the weather window and the forecast was right on. We motored south in the lee of the Big Island and found the SE wind about 12 miles from south point. The wind was wrapping arou [...]

Hawaii to Fanning Island – And ...

Hawaii to Fanning Island – And We’re Off!
Good morning from the lee of the Big Island! We finally caught a break – literally and figuratively – with the Hawaiian seas. We sailed from Maui to the Big Island last night and it was glorious compared to the beat down we had leaving Oahu. We motored through the lee of Maui on calm seas and were able to sail out of the lee into [...]

Revised Hawaiian Islands Exit Strateg...

Revised Hawaiian Islands Exit Strategy
We caught up on some much-needed rest and are feeling great. We woke up to a peaceful quiet anchorage with waves lapping the shores. Went for a snorkel before breakfast and spent 15 minutes swimming with two sea turtles – it was awesome and we shot some GoPro video we’ll have to share.  We love it here but the weather window becko [...]

Extremely Rough Re-introduction to Sa...

Extremely Rough Re-introduction to Sailing in Hawaii – Anchored in Honolua Bay, Maui
April 23 – In the past 24 hours we have experienced extreme discomfort and are now enjoying the best life has to offer. Allow me to explain… We bid our farewells to friends dockside at 0900 and put out to sea into a lumpy steep sea state with little wind. We were bouncing and heaving side to side over 12-14 foot mixed seas as we c [...]

Bon Voyage from Oahu – HD Video...

Bon Voyage from Oahu – HD Video!
We are finally done provisioning Ellie up and will be sailing out of Oahu tomorrow morning (Wednesday). We made a video so everyone can see how beautiful my girls (Alyssa and Ellie of course) are lookin’ before we put to sea. Tomorrow we sail for the Big Island, a 160 mile overnight run. Once there we’ll patiently wait for favorab [...]

Hawaiian Islands Exit Strategy –...

Hawaiian Islands Exit Strategy – It’s Howling!
The send-off party was a huge success. We hosted about 40 of our friends on Ellie and down the dock. The keg was emptied halfway through the party, which happened to be right after the Aussies showed up! Our friends were jamming on guitars and Ellie’s waterline was half a foot below the boot stripe! We have made some amazing friends her [...]

We’re Leaving in a Week! Bound...

We’re Leaving in a Week!  Bound for the South Pacific Again!
You would think I have had enough sea time over the past month, and 3,200 nm, but nope. Alyssa was hoping that I would get my fill of the sea and come back to Hawaii with plans to bury the anchor for another year. Well, that’s not how it went. A few days after returning to Oahu we decided it was time to head south again. We leave the ma [...]

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