I had a nice relaxing evening in the Waikiki Yacht Club bar last night.  Just gossiping and catching up with some other people’s perspective on the world.  Then I retired to Truce and had a good night’s rest. 

Waikiki Beach. Photo Ray Penson
Waikiki Beach. Photo Ray Penson

This morning I was up early out of habit and did a few small jobs around the boat.  Then I did the laundry run.  In the afternoon, I trekked up to West Marine for a couple of bit I need to do some maintenance.  It was a long hot walk, I came back via the beach and had a little paddle to cool the feet off.  The water is quite warm, almost warm enough for swimming I think.

The hustle and bustle of Honolulu is in contract to the other parts of Hawaii I have visited.  The cars here are shiny, they have stretch limo’s and four lane highways.  Then there are the police and ambulance sirens, all very noisy.  I didn’t see this level of wealth and affluence on the other islands.

This evening there was a great firework display.  Proper fireworks, big starbursts and loud bangs.  Tomorrow I will check out the tourist information place and see what activities are on offer.  I will wait for my daughter Jessica and my friend Richard to arrive next week before doing the tourist stuff.

In the meantime, I will chill out and write a log when anything interesting happens.  The next big event could be on Sunday when the first of the Transpac boats could arrive.  It’s a big trimaran and was doing thirty knots earlier today – insane speed, can’t be very comfortable.


The weather forecast guys got it right, the cold front passed through last night with some good winds and rain behind.  I stayed up until three when the wind started dying down. I wasn’t worried about Truce dragging anchor, it was the other boats around, some of them almost wrecks, that I wanted to watch out for.

It’s been rain and drizzle today, not enough to wash off the city grime, just enough to make everything grubby and wet.  I took my final trip ashore in the rubber duck, this time to the Sausalito library for Wi-Fi and a weather update.  The weather looks OK for a Friday departure, not as good as I wanted but if I don’t catch this window the weather turns ugly again for another week.  So, the plan is to sail early Friday morning to catch the ebb tide under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Coming out of the library I found a marine and Ace Hardware store.  Wonderful, I managed to get the items I refused to get yesterday from West Marine – at less than half the West Marine price.

Then I went shopping for a few fresh veggies, fruits, a loaf of bread and a lump of cheese.  I don’t have a fridge on Truce and perishables don’t last long.

I watched a guy drive off in a Tesla car.  There was no noise.  No sound when he started up, no sound when he drove off.  Wow, the car looks good and appeared not to be slow.  This must be the future.

Back on-board Truce I deflated and stowed the rubber duck, got everything squared away and prepared for sailing tomorrow.  It’s amazing how a few days in port causes all the movable items migrate from their secure spots into the open.


This morning I did the daily routine, riding the rubber duck ashore.

I had a nice walk up the waterfront and stopped by at the Sausalito house boat community.  There are some very large houseboats built on substantial barges.  The community looks very well organised, neat tidy and well maintained.  Judging the the cars parked around these are not poor hippy people.

Today I made it to the West marine store.  The store here is a large new building and has the air of an up-market department store.  Very nicely laid out and staff smartly turned out in uniforms.  Unfortunately, it also has prices to match.  I could not believe how expensive stuff was.  I just bought a bit of bungee and rope and departed.

Then I hit Starbucks to take advantage of the Wi-Fi, downloaded a weather file and checked the US weather service.  There is a depression heading this way which will bring strong winds and maybe rain.  Looks like it will be finished by Friday – when I may depart.  The local radio station is getting excited about the possibility of rain and is calling the depression a storm.  They are predicting a lot of car crashes tomorrow if it rains.

Sausalito Houseboats.Photo Ray Penson jpg
Sausalito Houseboats.Photo Ray Penson

When I departed from Starbucks the wind nearly bowled me over – it had come up quickly.  The trip back to Truce was quite dry, the wind was from astern.  As I hopped on board a strong squall struck, I was just in time.  The wind threatened to fly the rubber duck like a kite on its painter.  The rest of the day has been gusty wind and sailing around the anchor.

Tomorrow I may pick up some fresh fruit and veggies if I am sailing on Friday.


Ngozi and I have had a great time in San Francisco.  We have done a few of the tourist things and as usual ate too much, drank too much and spent too much.

Oakland Marina, Alameda. San Francisco.
Oakland Marina, Alameda. San Francisco.

We had 4 nights in the Marina Village in Alameda.  This a good spot for access to local attractions and has easy access to Oakland and San Francisco, either by ferry or Uber.  West marine is just up the road from the marina and I picked up a few essential items for the boat.

Sailing San Francisco, Photo, Ray Penson
Sailing San Francisco

On the last day we found the bus to Oakland went from outside the Marina, we could have saved a bit of money if we had known earlier.  Oakland turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  A well laid out city with some beautiful buildings.  Also, some great bars and restaurants around Jack London square on the waterfront.

We visited San Francisco around Pier 39, very touristy, lots of souvenir shops selling cheap stuff from China.  Not my thing.  A couple of days later we went to the carnival and had a great time.

After Alameda we motor sailed across, past Alcatraz, to Sausalito and tied up in the Clipper Yacht Harbour.

Alcatraz, San Francisco. Photo Ray, Penson

Sausilito has population of around eight thousand and an easy pace of life.  It reminded us of Waiheke Island in Auckland, a mixture of Rich and Hippy with an arty side.

From Sausalito we did the Golden Gate trip on an open top bus, sunny with a cold wind.  We really enjoyed our stay in Sausalito – not the cheapest place but worth a visit.

Ngozi returned to New Zealand last night and I stayed a final night at the marina.  It felt quite lonely after having company around.  This morning I topped off the fresh water tanks and then motored around to the fuel dock to top off the diesel tanks.  Now I am stored, watered and fuelled ready to depart.

After taking on fuel I dropped anchor off Sausalito, just outside the channel on the bank.  From here I can see Alcatraz, San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and the top of the Golden Gate.  The weather was warm, almost hot, today and I pottered about doing odd jobs.  This evening its flat calm, the stars are out and the city and bridges are all lit up.  I reckon I have the best seat in the house.

The weather in the Pacific is not favourable for a departure yet.  The Pacific high hasn’t fully established and there is a large area of light winds on my path to Hawaii.  It looks like I may have to wait for a week or ten days for a favourable weather window before departing.  In the morning, if the weather is nice, I will re-inflate the rubber duck for a trip ashore to find a Wi-Fi hotspot and download a weather update.