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Season of Change

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October 2017 brought a lot of change.The past few months have been crazy! Who in there right mind buys a new boat,(yes we still have Meshach) rents their house, pulls their kids out of school, and takes off for a year in less than three months? That would be us!! We decided to buy a new boat in June. We didn't really have any intentions of buying a new boat, until we heard from a friend that he was selling our dream boat.

Call it mid-life crisis or just plain craziness, but we bought he boat in June with the goal of setting sail to the west coast in September. Why so fast? Winter storms start brewing in October sending not so good weather south from Alaska. So last few months were spent purchase of dream boat, delivery from Oahu, hauling the boat out in Nawiliwili, painting the bottom, and getting her ready for a Pacific crossing. Well that was Thor's list. I kept busy packing the house, renting it out, selling the cars, training two amazing women to run our business, all…
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The next chapter is fast approaching. Boats and sailing have pretty much been part of our life since we were married. Well actually even before we were married. This year we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I know getting married at ten seems crazy!

Life was going along just dandy. Our kids are settled into life, with soccer, school, piano, gymnastics, biking, dirt-biking free diving, and all the other crazy stuff that comes along with teens.  Everything is really great except for the constant tug at the heart that keeps whispering, "Only three more years!"  How is it that our baby boy will be a sophomore in high school this year?  So we started planning on ways to spend more time together, unplug and make life a bit more interesting.

And this just happened.... New boat! New chapter.



Life is crazy busy. I I try to decide if I will keep up on a blog, I am down to the wire to get the last things settled on the home-front on Kauai. You know just a few things om the to …

Home Again!

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At 5:30 Sunday morning the crew of  Meshach completed 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 successful. 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 celebrate 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…

LAND HO!

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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.

In Hawaiian Waters

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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 sho…

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

Three weeks and Counting. by Angela

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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 kee…