After a very rocky, rolly afternoon through evening with sustained wind gusts of up to 30 knots at Palauea Beach (just after we finished snorkeling and finished the blog,) we finally got some sleep around 9pm. Ed had been up for the better part of 36 hours.
The next morning we had our breakfast and I wanted to get going to Lahaina immediately as not to fight the afternoon trades. We got off about 10am and about 30 minutes into the sail we noticed the white caps picking up. A few minutes later we were in a white knuckle ride across the bay. We ran the boat at 7.5/8 knots with the main reefed. If you know us and our boat - 4.5/5 knots is our general speed. Felt like we were Volvo Ocean Racing. Consequently it was a quick crossing of Ma'alaea Bay and once behind the mountains, we were sailing at lovely 4 knots.
We've tied up to a Lahaina Yacht Club buoy, paying next to nothing compared with home; about $5 a day. Ed is just shocked. I told him it's probably because they rarely get sailboats in here! Meanwhile we're temporary yacht club members with all the privileges. So Ed says when we're in the club my name is 'Lovey'. Received a call from the kids saying they could see us from the live web cam here so no nudity allowed on deck! The water at our tie up is crystal clear and a beautiful blue. In the morning you can see the smallest pebble in the sand 30 feet deep. Our first night in we ate at the club.
Headed to Whalers Village, via public transport, and Black Rock for some fun in the sun. Swimming, snorkeling and watching the young people jump off the black rock. A full day with our own sunset dinner on the boat.