24 hours at sea and several of us look like its been a lifetime. Departure from Honolulu at 4:30 HST was idyllic, surfers on the big waves, crystal clear water, Diamond Head rising over the beehive of Waikiki, Sarah’s ti leaf and ilima lei attached proudly at the front of Laysan. As we motored out the channel, one of the large Waikiki Yacht Club power boats came roaring by, everyone waving a goodbye. Rounding Diamond Head, our friend Stefan called and told us he could see us from his house with some ginormous telescope. Sarah and I waved vaguely toward the mountains and a goodbye to Stefan.
Within the hour, idyllic gave way to short steep waves giving their best impression of a washing machine; needless to say, a very unpleasant feeling. Heading out through the Molokai Channel and into the dark, we began discussing watch rotations. Since watch becomes the center of life, the determination of watches is an essential task. Opting for a 2 1/2 hour watch rotation through the night and a 3 1/2 watch rotation through the day, we wrote down the various shifts, voted on our favorite, negotiated the ties …
8:00 pm to 10:30 pm and 6:00 am to 9:30 am Sarah
10:30 pm to 1:00 am and 9:30 am to 1:00 pm Kathleen
1:00 am to 3:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Naomi
3:30 pm to 6:00 am and 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm John
A moon lit night made the watch a bit easier, but the boat was rolling, wave spray splashing the windows, white caps rolling by outside. 4-6′ seas with wind waves created boat motion such that sitting is the absolute best option since walking requires the spider dance, always holding on to some fixed surface as you lurch from point to point. To give some idea of the unpleasant conditions, I will confess I was ill last night, the first time on any crossing including the western Pacific and the Hawaiian channels. Not nice, not nice at all.
Today is a better day, sunny blue skies, seas of 4-5 feet, occasional birds on the water. As we approach the high pressure system, the seas should become calmer. Here, here to that idea.
22 47.9 north 156 30.9 west