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June 07, 2012

Home Again!

Back in Nawiliwili
At 5:30 Sunday morning the crew of Meshach copmpleted their 3000 mile journey to Kauai. In just 14 days of travel time and under reffed sails for 90 percent of the time the voyage was by all accounts succesful. The guys were in good spirits and ready to be back.

Angela and Annie met Aaron and Kevin at the dock with leis and well I brought kids oops that would have been a nice touch. The crew were excited to see loved ones and be back on solid non moving ground After some photo taking ( thanks Mario and Alyssa) the crew was ready to head off to a fabulous Sunday brunch with Tastes of Hawaii. Music, friends and lots of yummy treats. This was a great way to celerate the crossing.

Thor and I took advantage of being on a dock which is a rare thing for our boat. Off with the old and on with the new. All the extra stuff required for full time cruising was taken off the boat and the next two days were spent cleaning and prepping the boat for a summer in Hanalei Bay. The boat is now back in order and we are back to work and everyday life. Looking forward to weekends and extended times on the boat this summer.

June 02, 2012

LAND HO!

Land Ho!
21 13 N
157 30 W
Yeah, cell phone reception! This is the view from Meshach now as they make their way around the east cape of Oahu Hawaii Kai and into Waikiki. They have two reefs in the sails. The accelerated winds in the Molokai Chanel and the washing machine like waters churn and make for a bumpy ride on their approach to solid ground. Everyone is in good spirits and excited to be closer to home.

As of early this morning they were about 20 miles from the Ala Wai. They will be calling port authorities for the official check in to the country and then plot their final leg of the trip to Kauai. They don't plan on staying long in the big city very long. They will probably have a meal made off the boat a nice long shower at the Waikiki Yacht Club and a bit of time enjoying just not moving.
 
One of these kids is not like the other!
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June 01, 2012

In Hawaiian Waters



The wind has not let down for a bit. and as expected they should  be arriving on terra firma Saturday morning at the Ala Wai harbor. The last days have been a bit crazy on our home front . Sienna and I managed to pick up a nasty flu and were in bed for a few days. We still were able to finish the last of the two school projects including building a Oviraptor Dinosaur out of trash or recyclable  materials for Sienna's first grade class.  The project was earmarked for Thor but ended up being a mom/daughter project that we pulled off.

Yesterday Tristan was asked to sail on Ozone the Olsen30 the boat that Thor and Aaron race on when not on the high seas. It is the junior series and Tristan had a blast being on the water. He did say Meshach sails a lot different than than Ozone. The degree of heeling over must have had something to do with that. He had a blast and was energized for hours after that. A true sailor like his daddy for sure. We are all excited as the miles between us shortens every hour. Excited for a summer of getting reacquainted with boat lfe and excited to share it with friends old and new.

The original plan for the arrival was to make landfall in Hanalei Bay, but logistics and ease of cleaning the boat, offloading our year of shells, rocks and other things, getting it ready for summer and to make it easier for friends and family to come down and visit and see them as they sail in.  The final destination for this voyage will be our home port Nawiliwili on Kauai.
Today's position as of 6:00 am
21 07N
154 05W
 COURSE 270
 215 MI TO ALA WAI SPEED 8-11KTS
Ozone Missing there Crew

Tristan Sailing on Ozone for the Junior Series
Sienna still pretty wiped out but happy dino is done


May 31, 2012

All Sails are Flying and Fresh Fish Dinner

The wind has backed off and it sounds as if the last few days at sea might just be the most enjoyable. For the first time since leaving Cabo San Lucas all the sails are flying. Both the main sails are flying high and the spinnaker is full. Yesterday they caught a nice Mahi Mahi that they cooked up breaded style and will have the rest today.

With the wind and sea calming down it has given them the energy to do some domestics including showers, sheet changes and for at least Thor a clean shave. He is getting a little bit of badgering from the crew for not conforming to their pirate ways. All is well and the ETA for Oahu is Saturday.

21 20N 150 24W
7-9KTS  Boat Speed
WIND ENE 13KTS
420 Miles to Ala Wai

May 30, 2012

Three weeks and Counting. by Angela

I asked Angela if she wanted to write a post to add to the blog, First I personally wanted to thank Angela for giving up Aaron for the last three weeks, especially since she did not know us very well before this trip, had no previous knowledge of our boat, Thor's experience or what the trip actually entailed. It is a big commitment to take off on a trip like this leaving work, responsibilities, family and friends on a pretty significant journey. Aaron and Kevin both have been a great addition to the entire trip. It's not all fun and games prepping a boat that sat unattended for a year and a half. Their first 48 hours was traveling and lots of work getting the boat ready. They did manage a few fun times including the last 11 days at sea. The trip is winding down and we are all anxious for them to be home.
Today their position is:

21 10N 147
11W DOING 7-8KTS W/ WIND FROM NEAT 12KTS
SEAS 2-3FT
599 MILES TO ALA WAI AND THEY ARE FLYING A SPINNAKER


I am so grateful to Tanya for keeping up with the blog, so that I have something to
reference to as well as the e-mail texts and few minute conversations over the SAT
phone that I have received from Aaron throughout the trip. I’ve been e-mailing w
the Martin family as well, they are thankful to feel a part of things through these
methods as well.

Aaron had really expressed his excitement about this trip and how much it would
mean to him to not only gain the experience of such a huge endeavor, but to sign
off on a bucket-list caliber undertaking. The weeks in preparation endured a lot of
forethought about all the major and minor details that would be imperative to be
ready for as his position as first mate. His experience at Class Afloat and years of
being the water-man that he is, has given him ample knowledge on the minutiae of
his craft. He also spent countless hours preparing to take epic pictures & video’s to
document the boy’s journey. A big part of this crossing for Aaron as well was to get
a chance to write, he has that internal nature that is expressed through writing, and
this would be the perfect opportunity for him to focus a bit on that.

From his departure with Thor on May 9th, Aaron has done everything he can to
keep me updated on his experiences, in Loreto; the yummy Mexican food, to
the sanding of clams & barnacles for hours and sleep deprivation. To La Paz; the
Temme’s friends and family, meeting  up with Kevin, the continual sanding of the hull, to
provisioning. From down to Cabo; the tourist trap! And countless details in between.

Now out at sea for going on 2 solid weeks. It seems as though the boys are a stable
team. They have all been pushing onward with huge effort to take shifts throughout
the days; being on watch, to resting, to renewing. I’m not sure how much cooking
is happening, but if I know Aaron, he likes to eat a decent meal, or meals. However,
every time we’ve talked, he has mentioned that he’s due for a solid shower! Sounds
like they are all a bit salty…. Yum. I’ll make sure to prepare myself for that on their
arrival

Aaron has said sleeping has been a bit difficult for him this time around. He’s been
resting, but the solid hours of sleep are sparse. The adrenalin of the entire thing
I’m sure has been a contributing factor. I know I do not sleep well on boats, I cannot
imagine trying to sleep while going 15-19 knots. PHEW!

He is quite ready to have the comforts of home again. I think he will have a long hot
shower, a fresh meal and then be ready to sleep, probably for a few days straight!
It will take a bit to reintegrate into a daily routine, but the sweetness and bounty of
Kauai and the love in our house will make it a wonderful reunion.

May 29, 2012

Closing in on Hawaii May 29th

Here is the am posistion for Meshach
21 33N
143 40W
797 MIlLES TO ALAWAI
COURSE 245 8KTS WIND 13NE

The boat was provisioned for 3 weeks and now it looks like it will be 13 days so they are planning on eating well for the next few days before the agriculture inspection on Oahu. No produce, fruits or vegetables from a foreign port can be on board at time of inspection. Well at least it will simplify things if it is not on board..

May 28, 2012

Monday May 28

Closing on on Hawaiian Islands. They have set the clocks back a few times. the posistion for today @06:28 was

21 42N
139 55W
SPEED 10KTS
WIND 15NE
1006 Miles to ALAWAI 940 miles to MOLOKAI

Update 
RECORD Speed 18.9 knots  SMASHED HOURS LATER BY ROOKIE KEVVY MCQUEEN 20.1

They are hoping to go thought the Molokai Chanel during daylight to get some footage of Molokai Pali..