After 18 days, 3 hours and 28 minutes of passage-making, we landed at the Hawaii Yacht Club's Aloha dock about 5:30p (local) Friday afternoon! Located just West of the Waikiki strip in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, this place is in the heart of the action. Unfortunately, Customs officials won't be available to clear us in until Monday morning, so we can't even leave the boat (we did get permission to use the club's facilities, however). That's a bummer for Dave, who flies out Monday afternoon. Things are well otherwise. A kind Harbormaster named Robert really took care of us. The Aloha dock is right in from the yacht club's restaurant & bar, and when we pulled up, more than one person asked if we had permission to be there. Thanks to Robert, we did! It was a blessing to have a hassle free place to land after 2,424 miles at sea!
I would be remiss if I didn't share than the last 4 days of our passage was fairly difficult, the last 30 hours more difficult and taxing than I had ever experienced before. Big waves and 30 knots of wind for days' drain one's energy and sleep reserves. And I worried constantly that we would break the boat. It's impossible to describe the feeling when a boat launches off a big wave, then crashes back into the water 2- 4 feet below. Doors blow open in the galley, and things fly everywhere and the sound is deafening. But my sailing mates were undeterred by the conditions and remained steadfastly positive, hour after hour. For that, my sincere thanks to Dave and Scott. I would gladly go to sea with you both again.
What's next? Scott & Gerry have scheduled a week to wash the salt off everything, dry the boat out, make repairs to broken gear and find a long-term transient slip to keep Huzzah safe until June 2107. I will post some GoPro videos in the near future when I return to civilization and get my broadband/internet access back! Life is good aboard Huzzah again!