Hawaii - Inter-island Sailing
When the Club’s last trip to Hawaii ended in February 2018, and crews arrived at the airport for the flight home, many vowed to return. Sailing between the islands had far exceeded our expectations. The large number of whales sighted, hearing the whale songs while snorkeling, the food, the people, the knowledge and skill of the hired captains, the great sailing, the varied landscape and the culture of the citizens of Hawaii who actively protect their land and all people who live there, were all factors in our decision. Hawaii roughly translates to water and life force supreme. We agree.
The plan is for ten days of sailing, starting at the charter base in Honolulu. We'll sail to Molokai, Lanai, Molokini and Maui, before heading back to Oahu. We'll board the boats on Saturday, January 28th, but not leave port until the next morning. This will allow time for boat check-outs, after which gear can be stowed and provisions procured.
January 28 (Saturday)
January 29 (Sunday) - Sail to Molokai
January 30 (Monday) - Sail to Lanai
January 31 (Tuesday) - Sail to Molokini
February 1 (Wednesday) - Sail to Lahaina
February 2 (Thursday) - Layover day in Lahaina
February 3 (Friday) - Sail to Kaunakakai, Molokai
February 4 (Saturday) - Sail to Honoloa, Maui
February 5 (Sunday) - Sail to Molokai
February 6 (Monday) - Return to Oahu
February 7 (Tuesday)
The float plan can and may well be adjusted. Skippers will meet each morning to agree on the day's course based upon wind and weather. We have planned for many stops for snorkeling and land touring. But there are eight major islands that make up the Hawaiian Islands and we’re only visiting four of them. If you plan to arrive early or stay after the trip, plan and reserve a car well in advance. You can explore some options at Hawaii Travel
We have planned the layover day at just about the midpoint of the trip, February 2nd, in Lahaina. Lahaina was the capital city for the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1820 to 1845 and the museum there is worth the visit. It’s a charming old town and there are taxis and tours of the island, or you can just wander the town, but whatever you do, you must include a visit to the ancient banyan tree in the center of town.
Maui is one of the top whale watching destinations in the world. And it’s no wonder since it is estimated that over 10,000 humpback whales migrate to the waters off Maui each year. For more information about whales, visit the Maui Whale Watching Guide website.
Our final evening will be back at Honolulu base to allow time to pack, clean out refrigerators and perhaps enjoy a must-go dinner.
Three monohulls have been chartered from Honolulu Sailing Company:
Each boat will be skippered by a local US Coast Guard licensed Captain provided by Honolulu Sailing. Each boat will have a Club-qualified skipper on board who will act as First Mate. On this trip, Club skippers will not receive a discount and the trip leader and assistant trip leader will each receive only a 25% discount for their trip planning efforts in an effort to keep trip costs down.
The cost of the trip is $2,650.00 per person (Skippers - no discount, Trip and Assistant Trip Leaders - $1,993.00). The trip price includes charter fees, licensed Captain, dinghies, and some slip fees. Fuel, provisioning, other mooring fees, the group dinner in Lahaina, gratuities to the Captain, and other incidentals will be covered by each boat's crew. A $500.00 deposit is required to hold your position. Please make your check payable to The Sailing Club, Inc. and mail it, along with your completed reservation and release form, to Mary Ann Gordon at the address below. Reservations will be processed beginning June 8, 2022 with a random draw of those received by that date. All reservations received after that date are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Three additional payments will be due as follows:
July 1 $730.00 September 16 $710.00 November 15 $710.00
Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. Confirmed participants should make their own decisions regarding insurance that would provide coverage appropriate to their needs and that they feel best protects them in their individual situations. Two useful resources for comparing plans are www.insuremytrip.com and www.squaremouth.com. As always, read all policy terms and conditions carefully.
A pre-trip meeting will be held about a month before the trip, at a time and
place to be announced. All crewmembers should make every effort to attend in
order to meet your crewmates, plan your meals, and/or to make car pool plans to
Please note that sailing conditions are dynamic, that your safety, and that of your crewmates, depends on your good physical health and agility.
Assistant Trip Leader
Mary Ann Gordon
2714 Packer Ct.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
2006 South Branch Dr.
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889