Hawaii Yacht Club



Meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month- Lower Galley | Hawaii Yacht Club
Brunches are held in the Galley by the Sea on the third Sunday of the month, 9 a.m. – noon
Be sure to check our calendar for updates/changes

HYC Cruising and Voyaging Society was formed in 2006 to encourage the discovery of the relaxing, healthy and sometimes exciting aspects of cruising.  We gather as a group to share experiences and make new ones.  As a society we promote good seamanship and environmental consciousness.  Whether making a family day trip to a nearby anchorage, a fishing adventure or a long distance voyage, Lets do it!

Fleet Captain (Cruisers) – Thomas Gebhardt

November 2018

At last month’s Presentation & Potluck gathering, James Purvis shared with us pictures and cruise adventures from the Labor Day weekend trip to Kaunakakai, Molokai.  Taking part in the cruise were Captain Jeff Naus with crew Patty Naus, Leslie Moore, Mark Rachel and James and Marybeth Purvis aboard Moon Shadow III, and Captain Tom Gebhardt and crew George Dandy aboard Giant Turtle.  It took about eight hours for Moon Shadow to make the Molokai Channel crossing, arriving in Kaunakakai Harbor just before sunset.  Along the way, James caught a mahi mahi, which made for some great eating the next day.  Tom and George arrived just after nightfall, as Giant Turtle lost engine power; Tom had to navigate masterfully into the harbor solely on wind power, and had just enough engine power to tie up to Moon Shadow slowly.  As always, it was a little rough on the ride over from Oahu, but following seas and wind made the trip home more enjoyable.  On the return sail, we were joined by the Lahaina Return racers whose colorful spinnakers were a sight to behold.  Mahalo James for your presentation and for those who joined us for the evening.

Welcome back to Barb and Bill Beadle.  We certainly are looking forward to hearing about your adventures on the mainland.

 A big Mahalo to all who joined our monthly Sunday Brunch at our new galley.  Having brunch at the yacht club on a Sunday morning with friends and enjoying the gorgeous view is a great way to start the week.  

Please join us at our next Presentation & Potluck meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., downstairs at the club, and for our Sunday Brunch on Nov. 18, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. upstairs at the galley.  You will not be disappointed!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone next time, and we wish you a beautiful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Happy Cruising,

Marybeth Purvis 

Tom Gebhardt and George Gandy

Patty and Jeff Naus











October 2018

Greetings! At our Presentation and Potluck meeting on Sept. 1, Bill DeRego shared with us his sailing adventure of winning the Kauai Channel Race. I was able to talk Bill into writing the following article about the race: 

The Fourth Time is the Charm – by Bill DeRego 

On Aug. 7 at 0700 Kamahele started the Kauai Channel Race. It was our fourth attempt at the race and the big goal was to finish before sunset. The crew met at Makani Kai Marina at 0500 to get underway by 0545. That day we had a five person crew consisting of skipper/owner Bill DeRego; tactician Dan Williams; and crew Richard Denton, Todd Rasmussen, and Pete Porter. We are all members of HYC Cruising and Voyaging Society, except Dan. While motoring out to the start line near Chinaman’s Hat, Bill, Dan and Rick mulled over several wind forecast websites. The winds were forecasted to be light after the passing of hurricane Guillermo. We decided to stay to the North of the race rhomb line as it looked like the winds would fill in from the North. Just as the start gun went off, we immediately hoisted our symmetrical chute and we were on our way. Kamahele, a 1979 Morgan 382, sailed well. We were keeping up with the other racers as well as could be expected from a cruising tank. About five hours into the race, the starboard clew on the spinnaker pole ripped and the chute began to flog in the breeze. It took us about fifteen minutes to drop the chute, change the sheets for the asymmetrical chute and hoist it. By the time we were back on course, we lost sight of most of the competitors. Winds were light and variable from 6-12 knots. We were getting ETAs at Nawiliwili from 0230-0830 on the chart plotter. So much for finishing by dusk! About two hours after hoisting the asymmetrical chute, the halyard holding it up broke and we had a spinnaker in the water. The chute passed down the port side of Kamahele. We retrieved it and hoisted it immediately with the second spinnaker halyard. Our luck was not changing, however; two hours later, the tack line for the chute chafed and broke. We dropped the asymmetrical, set up the sails wing on wing with the 150% jib, then headed directly for Nawiliwili Harbor. During this time, the tack line for the asymmetrical was repaired, but we did not put it up because we were pretty tired from steering the vessel. There were big following swells from Guillermo and the Morgan 382 tends to broach easily when surfing, so the helmsman gets a workout. About 1800, Dan noticed a spinnaker behind us. Until now, we thought we were way behind with an ETA of near 2300. Around 1900, we started to hear very fast boats calling in one hour out of Nawiliwili on the radio. We began to look around, and noticed about five to six sails scattered on the horizon. Dan announced, “We are still racing.” 

Up went the asymmetrical spinnaker just as night fell and we raced for the next two and half hours without being able to see the following sea, and with the chute collapsing many times. I thought of the rig and how much stress we were putting on it. We were the last vessel to cross the finish line at 2223. After getting to the club house and seeing the finish times of all the racers (1930-2223), I told the crew that we had a chance of winning on corrected time. As it turned out, we did win the race on corrected time. 

Mahalo, Bill for sharing and for never giving up! 

We also collected donations for our new TV – thanks to all for your contributions. 

At our well-attended brunch meeting on Sunday, Sept. 20, it was suggested that the CVS consider sponsoring an Alai Wai marina clean-up. Our Vice-Commodore, Steve Dixon, volunteered for the Waikiki Yacht’s cleanup on Sept. 19, and said that it is a great way to give back to our community. 

On a final, personal note, James and I moved our vessel, Escapade, to our new slip (three down from our previous location). After brunch, with the help of an international team consisting of Michiaki (from Japan); Josiah; Patrice (from Lichtenstein); and Kawika, we made the successful transition. Thanks to all of you for your help – it is always more difficult to move a boat than you think it is going to be to and it was way less anxiety for me with all the great help! 

By the way, new member Michiaki Koga will be our presenter in November, and will tell us about his single-handed voyage from Japan. 

Please remember our next meeting dates: CVS Presentation and Potluck on Oct. 6 at 6.30 p.m, and Sunday Brunch on Oct. 18 at 9.30 a.m. See you there! 

As always, safe passage!