This is a very fast sailboat!
In fact, it is the fastest production line sailboat ever made in her class!
Many times in our travels we have stumbled into fantastic situations without any planning whatsoever! We believe serendipity occurs when you put yourself in position for magic. That is the beauty of being “home free”; you are simply more apt to be there!
We were walking along Front Street, the iconic main of Lahaina and decided to check out the piers where the fishing and whale watching charters dock with the intention of booking a fishing charter when we spotted this sleek sailboat. Stephanie, the gal making reservations was charming, that always seems to work, so we took some information with a plan to possibly reserve a sail. On our way back we chatted with her some more and I mentioned that the boat looked very fast.
She replied, “Oh yes, she is fast. In 1982 this boat won the Victoria, BC to Maui yacht race by more than 24 hours”. That particular race covering over 2300 miles was the last of these races made without any electronic navigation! That hooked me and raised some concerns with Karen as the heeling of a sailboat in high winds gets her pretty uncomfortable, even though she is an excellent swimmer. We decided to book a sunset cruise as the winds are often lower as the sun sets.
We did not know until we boarded that the captain and crew were all female. Also, very pretty and exceptional sailors who really made this boat perform.
We sailed not only in search of the sunset but also to get up close to the humpback whales that winter in Hawaii each year. We saw dozens of whales, some breaching entirely out of the water. A pair of whales swam right in front of the boat and treated us to a shower from their blowholes as they passed. The crew advised us to wipe our faces as their spray often has loads of bacteria. In the excitement we did not get pictures of the breaching whales as it happens so fast. Sonoma Susan, another passenger on the trip shared some of her pictures. Captain Kirsty really put this boat in high performance!
She did not actually let me sail the boat but did allow me to dream!
The photos below are archive examples of these magnificent creatures: We saw many jumps like this but must rely on better photographers for these shots. We have been on many whale watching cruises but never have we seen as grand a performance as these whales gave us this day.
The crew served wine and champagne along with chocolate covered macadamia nuts to celebrate this marvelous cruise.