Hawaii

We are ready to depart Honolulu this Friday, April 8th, for the 2400nm passage back to Seattle.    The Weather Outlook We are well aware that the weather is still a little dicey. There are some large low-pressure systems still coming out of the NW. The reason for our leaving this is early is to be in Seattle for Seattle Yacht Clubs Opening Day on May 7. Sailors from Summa Yacht Club in...

WE ARE HERE! Starr Arrived at Waikiki Yacht Club dock yesterday, October 12, at 1430 Hawaiian time after 18 days of dodging Oho and other tropical depressions. We traveled 3109 nm We used 2400 gallons of fuel and have 1200 gallons remaining.    Starr’s Arrival at Waikiki Yacht Club It is sunny and beautiful and HOT here in Waikiki. WYC and CCA friends with bags full of fresh Hawaiian fruit met us at...

21 26N; 136 54W COG 268 degrees True DTG 1171nm TTG 5.4 days ETA Honolulu, Monday, October 12th. We still have the ships clock on Seattle time, but we do our weather reports in UTC time (aka Zulu (Z) time, aka Greenwich time). Wednesday Oct 7. Day 13 since departing Seattle and 5.4 days to go to Honolulu. This was planned to be a 12-14 day run, and now going to be closer to...

   Hurricane Oho I received a status update from Starr yesterday evening, and thought people might enjoy seeing that all is good aboard Starr. They don't have much in the way of communications capability, so the message is succinct: "We have made the turn toward the islands DTG1300nm, SOG9kn, Eta 6 days" ...

Don tried to send a picture of Tropical Storm Oho but could not get the picture to send due to his limited internet on the boat. I grabbed a couple of pictures that show the storm, and how it is working its’ way northeast while Starr is working its’ way southwest. Hopefully these are somewhat reminiscent of the pictures Don was trying to send.        These pictures explain why Starr...

1100nm west of Laredo Mexico 27 45N, 133 36W 1012 hPa SOG 7kn Wind: N 9kn DTG 1600nm with WP 25N,135W; 23N,136W; 21N,137W; 21N,145W; Hawaii 21N,158W rpm 1150/4gph Fuel on board: 2600usg Fuel range at 6-7kn; 3900-4500nm Fuel range at 8-9kts; 2600nm Over the last 192 hours we have only run the gensets about 10 hours since leaving Cape Flattery. Our trusty 175 amp Leece Neville alternator is carrying the whole boat load at...

33 17N, 131 24W; 18Z, 1100pdt 750nm W of LA, 1076 from Seattle 185nm/24hr; 7.7kn/hr; 0.69g/nmWinds are still behind us, or on one aft quarter on the other; we are very comfortable. We are happy with our Nav systems so far. The Furuno 2117 is working well. We like the fact that we can mirror a mark whether it is ARPA, AIS, or any other mark directly onto the Coastal Explorer. The Coastal Explorer...

We have been running the rumb line from Cape Flattery to Hawaii with the engine at 1500rpm making 8-9kts at 1g/nm. We had a North wind on our stern at 20-34kts, which on Starr wa a very comfortable ride. The sea water temp has gone up from 62f to 67.5f. Starr 30/13Z, (0700PDT) 39 43N, 129 50W670nm out of Seattle350nm WNW of San FransiscoUsed 500usg out of 3600usg of fuel. Our weather guru has advised...

August 16, 2013Latitude: 39deg.12 N/ Longitude: 143deg, 56 West1094nm to Anacortes1351 nm under our keel from Kauai We are seeing a lot more debris from the Japan Tsunami. This morning I made a small course adjustment to go around what looked like a small patch of kelp. While passing, I saw that it was a submerged fish net that was about 6-8ft x 12ft, it was a brown blob-like shape. Later this morning we altered...

August 9, 2013 Starr is heading back to Seattle    We have spent the last three weeks at anchor in Hanalei Bay, on the North Shore of Kauai. Starr departed from Nawilliwilli, Kauai today at 1330, and will make the two-week run back to the Pacific NW. We hope to join our CCA friends on the Pacific NW Fall cruise on the Sunshine Coast of BC before returning home to SBMC. It’s been two...