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 25 knots with only 3-4 foot wind chop.  It felt like we were back on SF Bay.  It was one of those sails that you know will be burned into memory forever.  We covered the 30 miles in less than 4 hours and were on a mooring by 2:00pm.

We are really enjoying Lahaina Town.  Great food, great music, friendly locals and a cool vibe make this an awesome place.  It’s also a dangerous place for cruisers on a budget because they have perfected the art of emptying your wallet!

We are moored in the open roadstead off town.  It’s very rolly with wind chop, swell and wakes making it a bit uncomfortable.  Also the strong current flows against the northern winds so the mooring ball rides amidships doing a great job of rubbing off our ablative bottom paint.  The ball, which was once white, is now blue! 

Lahaina Yacht Club is incredibly hospitable to visiting yachts and has provided us with a free mooring and access to the club house, bar and showers.  The club is right on the waterfront and we can watch Ellie right from the club.

We are going to get fuel and send a letter in the morning and then we plan to sail for Lanai, a private island owned by billionaire Larry Ellison.  We will try to get into the small boat harbor in Manele Bay before some southern (Kona) winds kick up the channel.  Lanai City is suppose to resemble old Lake Tahoe so we’re excited to check it out.

We’ll send some pictures from Lanai.  Here are a few from Maui.

IMG_0517La Perouse Bay, Maui.  Rocker stopper out on pole in foreground.

IMG_0530Sunset over Kahoolowee Island as seen from La Perouse Bay

IMG_0538Drinks at the Lahaina Yacht Club.  Lahaina open roadstead mooring field in background.

IMG_0549Ellie (on left) riding to her mooring off Lahaina, Maui.  Sunset over Lanai as seen from the yacht club.

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