I wasn’t particularly excited about going to Oahu. I had never been to the island but its outward appearance seemed something like Los Angeles.
The sail over was really fun! We were flying at 9 knots with a 25 knot wind and 5 foot seas following behind us. A boat called North Light - also from San Diego had left the harbor a few hours before us and we sailed past her at mid-day and left her off into the distance before you knew it. As a sailor there really isn’t much better feeling then completely beating someone. As they say “how do you know two sailboats are racing each other? When they see each other”.
We pulled up to the Hawaii Yacht Club in Waikiki Harbor. The Yacht club was the nicest place by far we have stayed. I love to anchor in a cove all by ourselves, but there are necessary tasks that are too difficult to do at those times. So we take advantage of showers, laundry, grocery shopping, doing repairs and what not when we stay in harbors like these. The Hawaii Yacht Club had plenty of live aboards and everyone was super friendly. It seemed like every night there was some kind of event with live music witch made the upstairs bar really fun. Just a short dingy ride out side of the harbor was a really fun wave called Ala Moana Bowls. All though the wave was fun it was also really crowded and aggressive line up.
Momma & Dani!
My mom arrived in Oahu and was going to visit with us for the following week. My mom and I are close and I was excited to have her visit for the week. The following day one of my very best friends Dani and her fiancé Cuyla came to Oahu for the Dukes contest that Dani was to compete in. We drank and told stories and surfed. I wish we could have spent more time with them but in order to see Kelsey’s best friend in Kauai we had to get a move on.
I went with my mom by car and Kelsey and Steve sailed up to the very north part of Oahu called Makua Beach. We met there later that afternoon after spending the day surfing Waikiki with Dani and Cuyla. My mom and I packed up our things and walked down the stretch of beach. She laughed and laughed as she strughted down the beach in her black dress with her suit case in hand. I laughed so hard that I dropped my phone and the shore brake quickly washed it out to sea. It started to poor rain. We made light of the situation and decide to go swim in the rain why we waited for Kelsey to come pick us up. We drank and played Catan till we all slowly rocked to sleep.
The following day was amazing! We spent the morning swimming with dolphins. A pod of about 30 or so dolphins has made --- their home. We’d go fish, then chase the dolphins some more. We did this nearly all day till it was time to drop my mom off at land so she could fly to Kauai and we prepared to sail across the 100 mile channel the next day.