Hawaii

It was relatively pleasant even after we got out of the lee of Oahu yesterday, but as the afternoon wore on the winds and seas increased until it was pretty uncomfortable aboard Starr. The winds are up near 20 knots now, as forecast, but it is the seas that are bothersome. We are headed north, and there is a moderate swell form the north east, no doubt the remnant of wind from that direction a...

V Starr is underway on her adventure to Alaska! We cast off from the Waikiki Yacht Club this morning at 810AM, and as I write this we are moseying north along the Waianae coast about a mile offshore. Starr’s cruising speed is a bit less than eight knots. We can go faster, up to about thirteen knots, but at the higher speeds we burn a lot of fuel and would run out half way across...

We are underway for either Unalaska/Dutch Harbor or Kodiak, depending on the weather.  Sharry and I planned on departing a week ago but postponed the departure so we could fly back to San Clemente for my cousin Karla Gellers memorial. We are fortunate our friends who are crewing for us are all from Oahu and were able to rearrange their schedules so the Monday 28 departure worked out.Joining us for the passage are 3 great...

Sharry and I are preparing to take Starr from Hawaii to Kodiak, AK (2200nm) this May. We'll then continue to Prince William Sound.Although we've been silent on this blog for too long, we've been busy cruising Hawaii!Here's a bit from the last year...

Sharry’s Thoughts:My Last Night Watch of this Passage November 12, 2016 2100-2400    Supermoon I’m sitting on the step on the port side of the wheelhouse, both wheelhouse doors are open and the warm night air at 78 degrees is cooler than the temperature of the sea at 82.5 degrees. I am barefoot, dressed in shorts and a tank top, and the warm night air wraps my body in a soft caress. The...

Last Landfall November 13, 2016 – Approaching Diamond Head-10nm ahead Day 18    Lee Hillman Brown Starr is one hour from Honolulu after an eighteen-day passage from Seattle. For me and Lee this will complete our last voyage together. For me it has been a trip of intimate memories: of other passages, of night watches, of the night sky and “our” constellation, Casseopia, and of just the two of us sailing Wings together,...

Cassiopeia and Time and Shame November 5-6, 2016 - In the Great Pacific Ocean Days 10 and 11    Sunset November 6 Brownie’s Post – Early Morning of November 5 Cassiopeia As we make our way on a vector from 31 to 21 North and 129 to 158 West, on the midnight watch you can lean out either of the wheelhouse doors and see the brilliant stars free from obscuring pollution. To port...

Day 6, 1120 NM from HawaiiTDG 6.5 daysDTG 1241 NM Weather Report: 4/16/ 1630Z37 22'N, 146 29'WETA WPT 40 22N, 142W, 18/0200ZSOG 8.2ktCOG 46TSky. 6/8 cover, 10nm visWind W 20-25 few gusts to 30Air.sea, 49F, 58FBaro. 1018MB holdingSea/Swell/period NW 6'/ NW 12', 10-12sec Comments:Brian O'Neill asked about our new personal DSC, AIS's devices. We picked up 2 of Oceansignal's Rescueme MOB1 personal AIS's at WestMarine for $250 each. One is installed in a self inflating...

Blog 16Hawaii to Seattle - 2300nm Day 4 – 1540nm to go 4/14/16, 1900Z31 57N, 150 00WCOG 26 deg TSOG 7.9 ktsWind SE 5 ktsSeas 2-3 ft, (on our starboard aft quarter) Sharry’s Blog: What I Love Most About an Ocean Passage. April 14, 2000Z    Sharry on her Morning Watch I am on my Morning Watch. Today is Day 4 and everything is now settling down. Don, Joe, and Donna are on...

Hawaii to Seattle-2300nm Day 3 – 1900nm to go 4/12/16, 1900Z 26 27 W, 153 43, N COG 40 deg T SOG 7.8 kts Wind NE 20-25 kts Seas 8-12 ft , (on our starboard fwd quarter and bow)    Departing Kaneohe Bay on Oahu – 1900 Z – April 10 21deg30N/157deg49W Today is the start of day three. We have covered 380nm on a rhumb line to Seattle. Joe Golberg has done...