After getting over the shock of our near disastrous fire due to the exploding e-cigarette battery we raised the hook and set out for the Alenuihaha Channel, which takes you from Hawai'i to Maui or vice versa. It's a notoriously rough
After getting over the shock of our near disastrous fire due to the exploding e-cigarette battery we raised the hook and set out for the Alenuihaha Channel, which takes you from Hawai'i to Maui or vice versa. It's a notoriously rough channel as the great bulk of Hawai'i accelerates the wind as it squeezes by then it gets squeezed again between the two land masses. Generally conditions are a little better at night when the heat of the land isn't creating extra breeze of its own. Well, we had a quick dinner while still in the calm, of canned pasta that we've nick named “Norwegian Delight” because some young Norwegians headed across the Atlantic with every salon space filled with the stuff, arranged our watch schedule as it was our first night sail as a crew of four and hoped for the best. As rough channels go, this one did stand up to it's reputation but I have no doubt that it often kicks up a whole lot more! Despite the 20+ knot apparent wind and very choppy, obnoxious seas, boat and crew managed it very well and gained a better understanding of how Gypsy Blues handles.
Likely the biggest concern during the whole trip was the unidentifiable groupings of randomly flashing, red lights that we kept heading towards. They were not mentioned on our chart plotter or the OpenCPNcharts or the Plan2Nav on the tablet. What the HELL? When daylight finally arrived, it became apparent that the lights were atop big windmills placed up the slopes of the significant hillsides.
Sailing past the low saddle between Maui's 2 main mountains, we reached a very calm, spacious mooring field outside of the old town of Lahaina and picked up a ball. Time now to go ashore, check in with the Harbour Master and Lahaina Yacht Club and find out where the laundromat, grocery stores and WiFi are.