Pos @ 1:30 UTC
26 deg 33.5' N 155 deg 10.5' W
On Monday we left Lahaina in Maui at 1515 Honolulu time. The boat was loaded with all the provisions to get us 2350 NM across the Pacific back to Vancouver. The weather was perfect and a gentle breeze blew in the small craft harbour of Lahaina. We bid our farewell to the few friends and family you were still in Maui and cast of the bowlines.
Soon enough we are beating up Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokai in 20 to 25 knots. String Theory was eagerly pulling ahead and we sailed at a good 9 knots upwind. All crew were in good spirits.
Shortly before sunset we sailed by the impressive cliffs of Molokai. A waterfall cascaded down the rocks and the sent drenched all in warm yellow light as we made our way north. In the distance we see another sailboat disappearing over the horizon.
The first night was fairly bumpy with squalls coming through every now and then. The next two days saw much of the same: a steady strong breeze from the east, very squally nights and sunny days.
On the morning of day 3 we found the first flying fish in our cockpit. The crew slowly adjusts to life at sea: Sailing, eating, sleeping. We are looking at a couple more days of upwind sailing and will then get close to the high were the winds will be light.
Aloha for now from aboard s/v String Theory, some 350 NM north of Maui.
Christof is the owner and operator of Simply Sailing. An enthusiastic sailor he loves to share his knowledge with other sailors.
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