SAILING FROM BIG ISLAND

Alinuihaha Channel, you lived up to your reputation and I shall never forget you. The crossing of the Channel was boisterous with tremendous winds and waves experienced just before arriving at the southern tip of Maui.  The trip is not to be taken lightly, the first part up to the tip of the big island … Continue reading SAILING FROM BIG ISLAND

NO MORE BACK TO WALL

Strong winds and rain in the early hours is becoming a tiresome habit.  This morning at one the rain squalls came through the harbour and the anchor must have dragged through the soft mud, leaving Truce far too close for comfort off the harbour wall.  Fortunately, the wind decreased and everything remained safe until daylight.  … Continue reading NO MORE BACK TO WALL

MORE WANDERING IN HILO

My wish for an uninterrupted sleep didn’t materialise.  In the early hours of the morning the wind woke me and I found the yacht alongside was coming a bit close.  I checked the moorings and all was OK and an hour later the wind had subsided. Later in the morning I finished the mast work … Continue reading MORE WANDERING IN HILO

WANDERING IN HILO

Last night I had a beautiful sleep.  The sleep you get when you are tired and the job has been done.  No interruptions, no wind shifts and secure in the knowledge that Truce was securely moored fore and aft. I got off to a late start this morning, I must have switched to Island time … Continue reading WANDERING IN HILO

ARRIVED IN HILO

Since yesterday we have had very little wind.  At noon yesterday we had 77 miles to go and at midnight thirty three remained.  By five thirty in the morning in had managed to reduce that to seventeen miles.  The small breeze we did get was from the passing rain clouds.  So, an executive decision was … Continue reading ARRIVED IN HILO

STILL ON EASY STREET TO HILO

I don’t want to jinx my good fortune but we are still running with Jib poled out to port directly down the track to Hilo.  If the wind holds true we will be arriving early on Tuesday morning. This morning I turned again to bread making.  I used a new method I thought up that’s … Continue reading STILL ON EASY STREET TO HILO

SAILING INTO THE TROPIC OF CANCER

Looking at the log book for last night I see I was having a hard time.  Sails up and down, in and out, tacking, gybing and engine on.  Sometimes reducing sail as going too fast and others just no wind.  I was surprised to find we had covered 109 miles noon to noon, a commendable … Continue reading SAILING INTO THE TROPIC OF CANCER

RESORT TO MECHANIC POWER

All through the night and up to one this afternoon we had a beautiful sail.  Steady wind twelve to sixteen knots and running very comfortably towards Hilo at between five and six knots.  Then suddenly the wind stopped blowing.  We went around in circles a few times and then nix, nada, nothing. By four in … Continue reading RESORT TO MECHANIC POWER

RUNNING DOWN TO HILO

This morning after breakfast I rigged up the spinnaker pole and flew the jib out to the port side.  We are now sailing on a course of 240 degrees direct for Hilo.  If the wind holds good we will be there in a few days. Sailing downwind with the jib poled out is very relaxing.  … Continue reading RUNNING DOWN TO HILO

RUNNING DOWNWIND

A beautiful sunrise this morning over a rumbustious Pacific, blowing strong from the north east with large swells running through.  The sunrise turned into blue skies, fluffy Simpson clouds, sunshine and sparkling seas. A morning round of the deck revealed no flying fish aboard.  One did fly into the cockpit last night and I flipped … Continue reading RUNNING DOWNWIND