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Day 0: Our anchor was freed by an extremely kind diver who forgave the mistake of anchoring close to moorings. About 20 feet of the 3/4″ anchor line was ruined so we spliced in another eye and everything is skookum again.
After Tom got our Homeland Security exit clearance from Kahului, we ate “Maui’s best burger,” enjoyed a stroll through Lahaina’s tourist-filled night life and drank a fireball nightcap. We live a strange life.
Day 1: 96 miles
We agreed to have the boat ready by 7am, which really meant we departed at 10:30 after packing the bikes and dinghy. There was a keikei regatta getting ready in the harbour with kids filling sailing dinghies. Piggy brazenly sailed across the course before the race started and was yelled at by parents in a race boat, but it was in recognition for being a beautiful Wharram. “Where’s your next port?” “Samoa!”
Strong currents and light variable winds behind Maui made us meander slowly south and it took us most of the day to get free of the channels. We fished with no luck. Overnight the winds picked up and we were comfortably sailing at 6-7 knots (running theme: the wind always picks up during my graveyard shift).
Day 2: 26 miles
We caught our very first fish! A mahi-mahi big enough for 3 solid meals of barbecued steaks and fillets. Thanks to Cory in Lahaina for giving us tips on the best Hawaiian lures to use. Mahi-mahi (also called dorado) are seriously beautiful as they change colour after they die.
Unfortunately, maybe our lucky catch displeased Neptune as the wind decreased until the afternoon when we became becalmed. Again. It seems to be a running theme of losing all wind right after each departure. We drifted with the easterly current at 1-2 knots with Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea vaguely in the distance. We did our best to enjoy the time with swimming and eating delicious fish.
Day 3: 85 miles
After 24 hours of calm the wind slowly returned all afternoon. Sailing in light airs is a frustrating amount of effort for little return when you constantly trim and adjust sails. Steady trades are slowly returning. We’re still 600 miles from the Intertropical Convergence Zone or “doldrums.”
Finally, I uploaded short sailing clips:
Tom wears a gopro on his head
Watching waves between the hulls
A hui hou, aloha. Goodbye, Hawai’i.