Kailani has logged over 20,000 miles on ocean and coastal passages since 2010. These passages have been diverse, including crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey to Mallorca; crossing the Atlantic to the Carribean; transiting the Panama Canal cruising up the coasts of central and North America to San Francisco, California; crossing the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Tonga, and transiting between New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.
This passage was broken in two roughly equal legs by a
stop in the historic port of Valletta on the island of Malta. When the
wind blew it did so primarily out of the west making much of this
passage a beat to weather in the short choppy seas of the Mediterranean.
We had two non-sailors aboard who worked hard to become competent crew
by the end of the passage.
We escaped the Med through the Straits of Gibraltar
only hours before a series of gales blew in from the west and made
leaving the Med almost impossible for two weeks. By the time Kailani
and crew were off the Canaries the wind had started to go light and for
the next 1500 miles we averaged a little better than 5 knots. When the
wind did fill in Kailani was able to show her real strengths
with daily runs of over 225 miles. The crew entertained themselves
during their watches by hand steering the swell to get Kailani surfing. The record: 18.8 kts over the ground. Unfortunately no crew member could take credit as Kailani was on autopilot at the time.
Kailani completed the 1,225 mile passage from St. Lucia in just under 7 days at an average speed of 7.3 kts. All but the last 7 hours was under sail until the wind died, causing her to motor sail the last 50 miles into Cristobal, Panama. A classic downwind run in the tradewinds was enjoyed by all aboard, rotating between sailing and surfing (at one point topping 13 kts, helped a bit by a favorable current!), fishing, cooking, sunrises, sunsets, all while accompanied by a waxing moon that helped ease the late night watches.
Kailani completed this 2,200 nm run, including a Panama Canal transit, in a little over 15 days. Spending most of those miles motorsailing due to light or adverse winds, Kailani and crew did an overnight stop in Huatulco, Mexico to fuel and check-in, followed by a second fuel stop in Barre Navidad, Mexico. While most of the passage was motor sailing into head seas, or making way under light winds, Kailani averaged a speed of 7.3 kts while underway. The passage highlights included dolphins by the hundreds, turtles by the score, remarkable sunsets, welcome sunrises and night watches with the moon bright enough to read by.
Kailani completed this 1,200 nm passage in just over 9 sailing days, overnighting along the way in San Diego, the Cojo anchorage, and Half Moon Bay. Waiting for the perfect weather windows by making these stops made this notoriously upwind passage to Kailani's home port a sweet adventure in the company of migrating whales.
We completed this 4,657nm passage in 23 days and 16
hours, an average of 8+ kts. Made landfall in the beautiful anchorage
of Neiafu, Vava'u Island ... Good wind, a fast boat and a great crew.
Click here to read Kailani's Daily Blog. For an amusing passage highlight, follow the link Booby lands on Captain Harley.
This route to New Zealand
is sailed by dozens of boats each year as they seek to avoid the
southern hemisphere cyclone season. Kailani and crew sailed just a bit over 7 days to make
landfall in the beautiful Bay of Islands of New Zealand. This season's
weather was characteristically variable, and the sailing conditions varied from gales to calms. Kailani took one 30 foot rogue wave which she and the crew handled well. Click here to read Kailani's Daily Log.