An ever-changing valley alive with mysticism and majesty dating back to one of the original settlements of Oahu civilization. Makua means parents deriving its namesake from the God and Goddess that united in the valley giving life to the first Hawaiians. The soft Kaiaulu winds are gently guided down the faces of the three valley’s Ko'iahi to the right, Makua in the center, and Kahanahaiki to the left. The space is tangibly serene sprinkled with the drone of a passing car along Farrington Highway. The anchor is dropped and pristine aquamarine water beckons a swim, one by one the crew splash into the warm clear waters of Makua. The sun begins it’s westerly descent with a gradient of soft pastels into a crescendo of passionate magentas, oranges, and pinks. The ocean reflects the changing sky glistening a swirl of turquoise and pinks along the calm glassy waters. The first stars make their introduction to the night sky and a gentle shadow makes its way over the valley revealing the details of their ridged figure against the painted sky. One last glimpse and the sun descends into the line separating sea and sky.
The first day is a success! A full belly and comfortable corner of the boat the crew reflects on the journey sure to be accompanied by laughter and stories. Hours pass and the night reveals in all its splendor the portrait of a thousand stars. The boat comfortably sways rocking the crew to sleep in one of the most splendid places in all Hawaii. The following morning there’s a possibility for a playful swim with indigenous Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins!
Once underway, sailing instruction continues rotating crew members at the helm and reviewing exam questions with both verbal and hands-on experiences to ensure crew members ace their exams!
By Elizabeth Kaiolohia Sneed
The race has been held for 76 years with 2019 as one of the most popular registration years on record hosting thirty-seven boats! Sailors hop over to Maui on Friday to begin Labor Day weekend festivities like the Oahu vs Maui Softball game. Our friend Sean with Ala Wai yachts competed in the race with a Quicksilver Faar 38 finishing the race in about eight and a half hours. Others enjoy laidback cruising with the fleet which is a great opportunity to take out a new sailboat!
Congratulations to all who competed in the Lahaina Return Race and here’s to doing it again next year!
The win was no small task, as one of the longest races in the world Tracy Edwards and her crew faced the most extreme conditions of the ocean, financial challenges, and enormous criticism as the first ever women to compete ultimately winning second overall.
For more information about the race and to find out how to join TransPac 2019, check out the TransPac website, with many more amazing photos from Sharon Green at Ultimate Sailing. Also, check out this great video summary of TransPac 2017 by TransPac Race.
Hokule'a's arrival home marks the culmination of rigorous preparations and the undying dream to revive Polynesian voyaging after 600 years. During the arrival ceremony of Hokule'a officially designated a "state treasure," Honolulu City Mayor Kirk Caldwell presented Hokule'a Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson a key to the city and urged everyone to take the spirit of Hokule'a to heart. "Hokule'a talks to the future, to the keiki." said Thompson
As Lloyd stepped onto the dock he said… “ An unbelievable trip! Can't believe we actually broke the record! This was the most difficult sail of my life. Everything went our way and the team put out a super human effort in order to keep the boat moving at nearly 30 knots through the entire trip. We are all excited for a well deserved rest and some sight seeing in Hawaii…" Quote from: 2017TransPacYC.com/news
Pacific Offshore Challenge 17-3: Sailing to Lanai, Maui and Molokai aboard Gemini with Lisa, Anton, James and Leandroe, April 8-15, 2017.
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