All is well in the land of Aloha. We made landfall on the 1st in Hilo and I am now back reunited with Alyssa aboard Ellie on Oahu. Three guys are continuing on to San Francisco, the second leg of the voyage. They are currently 400nm north of Hawaii bashing into steep seas. I wish them the best of luck and the best conditions possible.
The voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii was an exciting one. We had great days with fair winds, hard days running from storms with heavy winds and steep seas, and everything in between. We sailed for Moorea (Societies) then Rangiroa (Tuamotus), Nuku Hiva (Marquesas) and then Hawaii. The passage from the Marquesas to Hawaii was 11 and 1/2 days, our best day covering 235 miles. We also had the opportunity to learn how to hand-sew a torn mainsail mid-ocean, 1,000 miles from land, in the rainy doldrums. A batten car screw came loose and half a night of luffing ripped the main fore to aft about 3/4 of the way up the sail. Took 2 and 1/2 days to sew it back up.
All hands got along well and we all had a great time in good company. We caught 8-9 fish, hooked a marlin, ate tons of sushi and mastered our individual strategy at the game of risk. I presided over the equator ceremony and initiated the three polywogs into Neptunes realm. I even did a fair share of the cooking; I wasn’t even aware I had it in me.
I’ll cut together a video of the voyage when I get some time. For now, here are some pictures.