Hawaii

9/2 0800 position 22-13N 159-30W. At anchor in Hanalei Bay in 30 feet, sand bottom.As the mighty Starr entered Hanalei Bay yesterday morning we could see pal Mitch Haynie tow in surfing on his foiling board on the reef at the entrance to the bay. Lori told me by email that he’d be out there this morning, taking advantage of the season’s first big north swell. Fortunately, the swell wasn’t big enough to ruin the Hanalei...

9/1 0600 position 22-28N 159-12W. Wind NE@9 knots. Seas 3 feet. 21 miles from Hanalei.When I came on watch at 1AM this morning I could just see the loom of Honolulu’s lights off to the south. We never did see any lights on Kauai. Dawn broke this morning when we were still thirty miles from Hanalei, too far offshore to see lights on shore there. We get a bit stir crazy during the night watches...

This is Noodle’s 8/31 blog post:“0600 position 25-17N 156-31W. Wind E@4kts. Seas 2 feet. 245 miles to Hanalei.I’m sure Fred’s advice on the lures was correct, but when the ocean is full of mahi mahi, and not ahi, mahi is what you catch. We put an ahi lure out and caught three more mahi in quick succession, just keeping the last and largest one. We hooked up the second fish before the lure was even...

This has been an uneventful passage thus far. Uneventful is as good as it gets! The only glitch has been the leaking swimstep hatch which the manufacturer just adjusted the day before our departure. Obviously that didn’t work! They say they will come to Hawaii to make it right. Stay tuned. The weather was calm enough for me to open the lazarette hatch and wash the salt out of the things that got drowned in...

8/30 0600 position 27-55N 153-50W. Wind E@4kts. Seas flat. 457 miles from Hanalei.Yesterday morning we decided it was time to bust out the fishing gear again and snag something for dinner. Within an hour we had landed two mahi mahi. The first went into the freezer. We threw the second one back and put away the rod and reel. Not bad. We’ve fished for just over an hour total and landed three mahi mahi.The skipper...

One of the aspects of voyaging that I most enjoy is observing the subtle changes in environmental conditions as the vessel moves across the ocean. Upon assuming the watch on “Starr” we make logbook entries including date, time, position, total miles, speed, course, engine RPM, fuel burn rate, and alternator charging rate. We also record barometric pressure, air and sea temperatures, sea state, cloud cover, wind direction and speed, and anything else of note. Taken...

This is Noodle’s 8/29 blog post:“0600 position 30-26N 151-05W. Wind NW@3kts. Seas 2 feet and confused.The forecast showed that the southwesterly headwinds we experienced yesterday morning would be light and short lived. They were neither. The wind slowly increased as the day progressed, and after dark last night it was up near twenty knots with a good sized wind chop. It got a bit uncomfortable aboard the mighty Starr heading directly into it at nine...

I finished my 0100 watch and was soundly sleeping when at 0500 this morning Sharry nudged me awake and said to me “god you smell fishy!”On my pillow was a flying fish! It’s getting warm here so last night we opened our leeward porthole which is only 6”x12”. Somehow this flying fish flew thru the porthole and landed next to me.Do they ever smell!   image1.jpg    ...

8/28 0600 position 32-59N 148-05W. Wind SW@7kts. Seas flat.It was another glorious day yesterday spent piloting Starr from the flying bridge. The wind was still from the NE, directly behind us, basically blowing the same speed we were going so it was like a calm day at the beach. There was a lot of lounging, napping, and reading up there by the off watch crew.Visibility is much better from Starr's flying bridge, ten feet higher...

0600 position 35-24N 145-00W. Wind NE@6. Seas almost flat.Yesterday it felt like we were in the tropics. The wind was from the Northeast, directly behind us, and blowing at the same speed Starr was powering, about nine knots. That made the apparent wind close to calm, and it was glorious on deck.Don dug out the flying bridge cushions from the lockers, and all of the crew spent time up there during the day. Sharry read...