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 the spray.  Now imagine this wind but MUCH more fetch creating large, short, steep, breaking seas mixed with large ocean swells.  Those are the conditions we had on our passage from Maui to Oahu!  Full passage update to follow. 

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