Day 2 – July 25th
23 deg 08.9’ N 156 d 05.0' W
Salient and her crew left Lahaina on July 23rd for Honolua Bay at the northern end of Maui. Pailolo Channel lived up to its reputation: As we sailed north, the wind went from less than 5 kts to 20 gusting 25 kts within a couple boat lengths. Already a bit late with our departure beating back and forth took extra time and we got to the anchorage just before dark. Two catamarans and a 73’ mono hull sailing under the Swiss flag already sat at anchor. We found a happy spot between all three boats and set our Danforth. It was windier than expected and we saw gusts close to 20 kts and sustained winds between 10 – 15 kts. Given these conditions and an anchor that we normally don’t use we set up for an anchor watch: 2 crew would stay on deck for 2 hours when they get relived by two other crew. I must admit that the Danforth anchor held as solid as a rock and while we swung back and forth like a pendulum, and we did not drag an inch.
For dinner we ate delicious Maui ribs, with homemade roasted potatoes and a glass of tasty red wine. For the thirsty sail cold beer was available too. Thank you Renee for barbequing the ribs to perfection!
Sadly, we discovered that we did not have our wraps on board, an essential staple later in the voyage to make the all time favorite tuna salad wraps. We hailed one of our neighbors from a Catamaran who offered us a ride ashore in their dinghy where I met Andrea, my lovely wife. She hauled two large bags of wraps to the rocky beach. A last kiss and I ferry back to the boat for our final departure. Susan, Dan and Alex were also there and had a good laugh at my provisioning hick up. I really miss our provisioning chief!
A final dip into the turquoise blue water, swam around the boat – checked keel, rudder & prop and off we sailed, back to life at 30 degrees. We managed to sail a course just east of true north without being on our ears and spray over the deck all the time which was comfortable. Captain's hour at 6 was a brief affair and drinks stayed chilled for the next time. For dinner: A hearty chicken soup with fresh bread.
As the sun went down it drenched the sky and ocean in a warm, golden light. The last rays of light poked through a layer of low clouds as we sailed into our first night at sea. Now off to bed until our late-night watch.
Until tomorrow – Salient out.