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Oahu to Kauai Sailing Adventure

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We flew into Oahu on March 17, 2006 St Patrick's Day and Jerry picked us up at the airport.

Flying into Oahu

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Jerry is the Captain of the boat that we are sailing from Oahu to Kauai.  Our friend Mark is on Oahu working on a boat he purchased and we stop by to visit.  At the harbor looking over Mark's new boat we find out he is returning with us on the boat.  Mark is another experienced sailor and of course his presence is most welcomed.

Mark's new boat                    On Mark's Boat

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When we left Kauai the rains where relentless and seven people have died as a result.  Since we are sailing to Kauai we of course do not want to sail into the frequent storms that are occurring there.

Flooding on Kauai                Flooded road to our home on Kauai

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We play it by ear on when to depart but we must leave by Monday morning.  In the mean time we listen to the weather reports and take in the sites.

Taking in the sites on Oahu                    The easy life

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We where docked at the Ko'Olina Harbor a nice upscale harbor with great facilities.

Ko'Olina Harbor                   

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The name of the boat is the Eagle and she is a 33 foot Sail Boat in nice shape.

 

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We are having the most fun just sitting on the boat at the harbor. We lay back have some beers and wine, have pizza delivered to us and just talk story till it's time to go to bed.

Hanging out on the Eagle                  Having some wine

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The following day more of the same and we decide to leave Sunday morning. The weather window is looking good with predictions of 5-15 knot winds, 3-5 seas and rain.  No cause for concern, not much wind just going to be a cold wet long trip.  The crossing should take between 11 and 18 hours. 

 

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We get out provisions on Saturday for our Sunday departure, return the rental car and make a fairly early night of it.

Reading                    Eagle Cabin

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We are up at 5am and start securing the boat, stowing things, closing the portholes, securing latches etc ... Mark gets ice incase we catch fish along the way to keep them fresh for the market.

Dark at the Harbor                Getting ready to shove off

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When we shove off at 7am the clouds look like rain and it starts raining quickly into the trip.  Into rain gear as we try to stay dry for the trip. 

 

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An hour into journey the clouds ahead look like some forbidden abyss to this rookie.

Not looking good              Rain gear on, Mark and Gerry looing

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Mark goes down to rest as there is no need for more than two in the cockpit; Jerry and I stay up top.  Winds are starting to pick up and both of us put on our Safety Harness (Me being the rookie I also had on; life vest and a strobe beacon) and then it hits.

About to hit, camera needs to be stowed

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Now I know this is not the worst storm in the world but a steady 25-30 knot wind was scary enough for me.  Then a gust of wind would come and it just made matters worse.  So the boat is pitched to the starboard side hard most of the time and every now and then it would roll hard to the port.  Water was coming over the bow and slapping you in the face and the cockpit would fill with water every two minutes.  Operating the tiller took two hands and I ended up cursing at it trying to hold course.  So now I'm wet, cold and scared and wondering how did I get myself into this.  This goes on for a better part of five hours, where I learned that I enjoyed cursing at objects. 

 

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Six and a half hours into the trip and five hours into the storm it starts to break.  Sails start going up I'm starting to settle down and things are looking good.  Most things look good but the cabin is a mess and still to rough to straighten out.  

Cabin is a mess                    Sails up
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Since Jerry and I rode out the storm Peggy and Mark go up and take over.  After some rest we come up and sit in the cockpit and eat fried chicken.  The second half of the day turns out to be so nice and we just sit back watching the Sea Birds and enjoy the sail.

Rough trip                    Jerry our Captain at the helm

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Weather is good and as we start to see Kauai we know we are in for a nice sunset at sea.

Kauai Sunset        Kauai Sunset
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45 minutes till we are home and as expected we are being treated to a spectacular sunset.  We arrived at Nawiliwili Harbor around 8pm.

Kauai Sunset        Kauai Sunset
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 Thirteen hours and the adventure was over and I enjoyed every minute of it in retrospect.

Nawiliwili Harbor        Unloading the Eagle

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