Starr passage Hawaii to Unalaska or Kodiak 2018

Starr passage Hawaii to Unalaska or Kodiak 2018

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 guys, Bill Noodle Leary, Clay Hutchinson, and Kyle Kim.

I asked each of them to write a brief description of their sailing background and here is what they wrote:

Bill “Noodle” Leary

Bill Noodle Leary

Lifelong Kaneohe resident and lifelong member of Kaneohe Yacht Club
Married to Lori Lloyd
Retired licensed Mechanical Engineer (35 years with U.S. Navy)
Collegiate All-American in sailing (1973)
Sailed 7 Transpac Races (navigator, Merlin, first-to-finish 1987)
Six extended voyages through the South Pacific including three on his own boats
Author of Noodles Notes, a Hawaiian Islands cruising guide (
Dons note: Bill just finished this past October sailing 6 months and 10,000nm from LA to Tasmania with his friend Rob Vaughan on Robs  66ft Sloop VanDiemen III. This guy loves being at sea!

Clay Hutchinson

Clay Hutchinson

Member Kaneohe Yacht Club
Retired US Navy Reserve Captain (O-6).  Diving and Salvage Officer.
35 years in the heavy marine construction/diving industry in Hawaii as business owner or manager
Four extended South Pacific voyages, three on my own boat
Numerous voyages between Hawaii and West Coast as captain/navigator
Sailed 1981 Transpac Race as navigator
(Clay didnt mention that he held a 500 ton Merchant Marine Master license, with 100 ton sail endorsement for about 20 years but let it expire because he wasnt using it.)
Clay has sailed with Bill, Noodle, and says of Bill  
I would add that Noodle is the most experienced, congenial, professional, and pleasant shipmate that I have ever sailed with

Kyle Kim

Kyle Kim

Born and raised on the island of Oahu
Member of Hawaii Yacht Club
Licensed USCG 100 Ton Master
PADI Dive master and technical diver
Avid skipper in the sailboat racing scene here on Oahu With 3 long distance passages as captain along the Pacifc coast to Panama and 2 trips from California to Hawaii.
Kyle owns his own swimming pool maintance business but his passion in being on the water running boats.
Noodles wife, Lori Lloyd and Sharry have made the Costco/Chefs Stop/ Don Quijote provisioning runs. Gail, Clays wife, has been feeding us gourmet lunches.  Lori will be joining us when we are north so she and Noodle can be the trail blazers on our inland mountain excursions.
Noodle has set up the Sat communications equipment, both the Iridium Go, and the Inmarsat Fleet Broadband 250, and we will try to post what all is happening on an ongoing basis.  You can also follow the boats exact position by clicking on the See where Starr is now link on the home page that updates our position on an hourly basis.
  • Lori Lloyd
    Posted at 17:57h, 28 May Reply

    Aloha M/V Starr and crew, it has been fun helping provision and getting to know you more, Don and Sharry, as Starr has been made ready for her next adventure!  Wishing you a safe, smooth and beautiful passage, Lori

  • Sherry Nebel & Wellspring Family Services
    Posted at 15:03h, 30 May Reply

    From your friends at Wellspring, smooth sailing! We love keeping up with your ocean adventures and the tales of the MV Starr!

  • Stacy white
    Posted at 19:37h, 09 January Reply

    Kyle keoni kim is a liability at sea: with multiple rapes in his past and he was taught how to sail in 2015, he has no idea how to race. Sailing with him felt extremely dangerous.

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