11 November 2010 | arrived in Hilo, the Big Island
What a challenging run this turned out to be. It took us 31 days to cover 2,300 miles, sailing almost due north from latitude 16.5South (Raiatea, Tahiti) to 19.5North (Hawaii). What really slowed us down was some rigging repair that kept us hove to for two days. Following that, we proceeded cautiously with reefed sails and crawled our way up to Hawaii. However, we did eat well, having caught two 20lb Mahi Mahi along the way. And for the first time, we had a pet onboard that kept us well entertained. Before we left Bora Bora, a gecko climbed aboard and lived in our aloe plant, eating little fruit flys during the entire crossing.
Now were snugly tied to the quay in Hilo, the big island, in awe of the beauty, fresh fruits, and modern conveniences of Hawaii. Its been 2 years since our boat has been in an American port and it is an interesting delight to be in familiar territory. We'll be based here for the Winter and Spring to enjoy these islands during the non-hurricane season.