Sunday, July 18, 2010

SHTP - Awards Dinner Photos

These are pictures from the 2010 Singlehanded Transpac awards dinner held at Big Tim's Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei, Kauai.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

SHTP - Adrian's Trailer

Here is a short clip of the end of Adrian's race on Idefix. Adrian won the race on his Olson 30. A longer movie maybe forthcoming...

SHTP - Ronnie's Video

This is a video taken by Ronnie Simpson aboard Warrior's Wish in the 2010 Single Handed Transpac.

Limahuli Garden

Limahuli National Tropical Botanical Garden, Ha'Ena, Kauai. Sights include very rare Hawaiian plants, 700 year old taro fields and settings from South Pacific.

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Kauai South Coast and Waimea

These are more tourist shots of the south and west part of the islands. Larger photos can be found here.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ma ka hana ka `ike

“Ma ka hana ka `ike” means “through working one learns”.  In this case a sweet group of Hawaiians taught us how to make Poi out of Taro or Kala.  Poi is the staple starch of many Polynesians and Hawaiians.  It comes from the root of the Taro plant.

Each Thursday a group of volunteers comes to the Waipa Foundation to do communal work of making Poi.  Groups of people will sit and talk while scraping and cleaning Taro roots that have been soaked in water.  The roots resemble sweet potatoes that have been skinned only they are a pink, mauve color.  The small roots or eyes are scraped off as well as any imperfections.  I do not have photos of this part of process, as some of the locals were worried about privacy.  Five or six people will sit around a tub and work while swapping stories.  I met a lady whose father had helped with some of the dinners for the early Single Handed Transpac Race.  Another lady used to live in my hometown of El Toro, California where her husband was stationed as a Marine. 

This is not really a tourist destination.  All people are welcome who want to learn and work.  The Waipa Foundation exists to rebuild Hawaiian community and culture.  The grounds include a community garden and workshop.

One man was making a handmade throwing net for fishing.  It took him all day, each day for two weeks to finish an 11 foot diameter circle.  He had hand melted lead for weights for around the edge.  This net was made from modern fishing line.  In the old days, they used cotton and other natural fiber ropes.  He claimed that this net sinks faster and hardly any fish will escape.

We got to see some true local culture and felt a welcoming warmth of the people.

SHTP - Rooting for the Guys

 Paul on Culebra after his finish.

There have been several finishes in the last couple of days. George came in on TAZ!! on Tuesday night and was greeted by a small city of relatives.  Dream Chaser came in on Wednesday morning. Pakele came in early this morning. Al Germain on Bandicoot is expected anytime now as I write.  Al has had a pretty good run after restarting a couple days behind the pack.

We are now rooting for Adam, AJ and Sam.  Sadly, it does not look like they will make the party on Friday.  They have been facing light winds.  Adam on Blue Moon has put up a great battle.  In addition to light winds, he only has 19 feet of waterline on his Folkboat.  We keep hoping for a strengthening in the Trades to carry them home.
Max on Solar Wind.

Check out the latest on Latitude 38.

Adam before the start.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Phil Green's Rebel is for sale.  This boat sails like a dream.  While were out chasing Saraband at the finish, Rebel handled well in 2 to 15 knots.  She was extremely capable in the 3 to 4 foot shot chop outside of Hanalei Bay.

 Rebel will sail off and on the mooring effortlessly.  If you are interested in an ocean-capable day sailor, you should check her out.  We have also heard estimates as low as $2500 to ship her to the mainland.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SHTP - Saraband Finishes

Phil and Tanya took us out again today on Rebel to see Saraband finish. There were really variable winds. A squall had just passed and all was dead calm. By the time we made it out of the bay it was over 15 and gusting.

Here are pictures of Saraband coming in. There are also some shots of Harrier, Paul and Culebra, and Max with Solar Wind. Tree time will be busy tonight.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

SHTP - Warrior's Wish Finishes

Ronnie and Warrior's Wish finished the race around 2pm local time on the 4th of July.  A local sailor, Phil, took us out on his sloop Rebel.  I snapped the following pictures as we circled Ronnie.

Thanks to Phil and crew for taking us out.  BTW, if anyone wants a really sweet day sailor/racer, Rebel is for sale.

Larger pictures can be found here.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

SHTP - Hanalei and Kauai Photos

We arrived on Friday July 2 at about 2:30pm.  Hecla was bobbing gently at anchor.  She had probably only been in for an hour or so as the RC was still on board.  Last night, July 3, Idefix finished. We saw her at anchor this morning.

The following are photos from North and East Kauai.  The place is truly paradise. There are not many race photos yet.  I hope to get more soon. Many boats will probably arrive Monday the 5th.  The trades have been diminishing, so it may take longer.  We are hoping that Ronnie on Warrior's Wish  might make it in tonight to see the fireworks.

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