Last Days in Hawaii!

Crew night out - Spanglish spoken!
Crew night out – Spanglish spoken!

After three (unplanned!) years on Oahu, things finally lined up for us to set sail – engine fixed, crew available, captain recovered from shoulder injury, and reasonable weather conditions.

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Farmers’ Market

The last few days, as always before a big passage, were all about provisioning and preparations, with the added (fun)challenge of teaching Ivan, our friend from Spain, to sail! John, friend of a friend from New York, who joined me to help prep last year, came back for more and actually got to sail this time. Ivan was a last minute addition to our crew, arriving a couple days before we departed. We said our goodbyes to the lovely people we’d gotten to know over the last couple of years, enjoyed a few final swims, runs, and beers, and we were off. We left on the evening of the fourth of June, trying to catch some good wind to get off to a flying start!

Test sail - at last getting to see the city from the water
Test sail – at last getting to see the city from the water
Test sail - Diamond Head
Test sail – Diamond Head
Final engine tweaking
Final engine tweaking
Up the mast
Up the mast
Still up there...
Still up there…
Another test sail
Another test sail
And off we go....
And off we go….
Night departure to try to catch some wind
Night departure to try to catch some wind

More about the passage in my next post…..

No telephone calls for us for a little while....
No telephone calls for us for a little while….

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