Arriving Hawaii

Landfall after 11 days at sea, always nice.

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The volcanic nature soon apparent

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The landfall all Honolulu homeport seafarers want to see, Diamond Head.

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Can you imagine in the days of manned light houses the requests for this appointment, especially from the Aleutian Islands.

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Passing Honolulu on our way to the Marina at Ko Olina on the west coast.

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Rain behind the city.

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There was a USAF Galaxy doing ‘touch & go’ exercises as we approached Barber Point. We thought on one of them we might get an overhead but they varied the pattern so it never happened.

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Looking north along the coast as we approached the marine channel

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Passage to Hawaii

We used SatOcean again for weather and routing advice. We used the old sailing route heading SW first and then turning to the West.  Mark took a photo every day as his camera records the position using GPS. Here are the photos.

3rd September

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4th September

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5th September

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6th September

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7th September

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8th September

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9th September

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10th September

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11th September

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12th September

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13th September, Hawaii in view.

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Departing San Diego

We had a great time in San Diego and also got a lot done on Kapowai. The main engine had a full 5000 hours service and inspection,  a new Permanent Magnetic Gear Reduction (PMGR) starter fitted and the old one re-built as a spare, the hull was cleaned, anodes renewed, the electrical system finally configured in a sensible manner for use in 50Hz countries and a load of other small items done. Plus loads of spares bought. A new Gas cooktop fitted with a wok burner so now the stir fry dishes are going to be done as they should be. With all that done it was time to sail.

Our neighbours in the marina had been helpful, friendly and well wishing so, as always, it was sad to be on our way. Thanks to all of you especially Mario & Jeannie on Gala.

Departing Cabrillo Isle Marina, with one of the best Sandwich shops ever.

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Spanish Landing to starboard, this is the original landing site for the 4 Spanish expeditions, two by sea and two by land that met here.

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These are pens for marine mammals, not sure if it is a hospital or has another function, can you see the dolphins?

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Looking back at the city with a USN Osprey overhead.

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Passing the submarine base

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Another seal resort

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Goodbye San Diego

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Hard Rock Cafe – San Diego

These are not a usual haunt of ours but we luckily decided to call in for lunch.

The skylight was something to see.

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It was full of memorabilia, every flat surface was covered in items and photos.

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The hat was worn by Stevie Nicks for the Rumours tour and the shirt belonged to Rod Stewart. If you are into that sort of thing it would be a mine of info for you.

This drum kit on the wall caught Matthew’s imagination, he being a drummer, and he is going to do the same with one of his kits.

I never saw the plaque on the wall so can’t tell you where they came from, visit yourself and find out.

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Gaslamp Quarter

We had two pleasant afternoons in the Gaslamp Quarter. This is the old part of San Diego dating from the 1880s.

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Some of the older buildings were of interest especially Wyatt Earp’s gambling den.

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Ornate frontages seem to be the choice. The photographer had a pint or two for lunch

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A look down the street, eateries and bars made up the bulk of the shop fronts with tourist shops and night clubs in second place.

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Both Sam & Christopher have been to California so who was the model for this piece of art? Answers on a post card.

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