22.06.2018

Bears can run

So we dropped the anchor at Terror Bay today and noticed that the cruising guide was right: there are lots of otters here. You can just quietly sit on the boat with the camera in your hand and they will eventually float by. Single, double or in multi-packs. Oh my god they are so cute. When they float in these packs it seems to me that one is on watch and the others are sleeping. On a commando we can't hear all of a sudden all dive away. Soso sweet.
Today is the first day without rain in a while, it feels really good. We did even see the sun- in distance, but it looks like it's clearing up and we might have a sunny day tomorrow so we can finally dry our stuff.

We did a long, exciting walk along the beach shore. At first we came across an eagle pair watching their nest where we took a gazillion pictures and then around the next corner, which we slowly peaked around first to make sure we're not directly running into a bear Marcus spotted a bear further down the beach feeding on something at a dead tree lying there. First we took pictures. Then Marcus wanted to pass by the bear further up the beach, but that sounded too scary for me. So I let out a whistle to let him know we're there since he had not taken notice of us. I was amazed he heard my whistle. He looked up and immediately ran away as fast as he could. Yes, there's no way a human would outrun those cuddly furry things. Boy that poor thing was scared. We came across its footprints further down the beach, boy they were bigger than my feet. Especially wider. Quite impressive. We enjoyed the rest of our walk until we got to the big river which we followed for a bit and them turne
d around. We walked on a bear path I guess which started to lead through higher grass. That seemed to be pushing our luck too much, as we could stumble upon a sleeping/resting bear and just scare him which could make him angry. So we walked back and went home for dinner. That was a really nice long walk and it was not cold at all. It's way warmer on land than on the water, of course.

Heading on to the next anchorage tomorrow and then to the city of Kodiak on Saturday where I might get internet to send some pictures.

19.06.2018

Kukak Bay

We moved on to Kukak Bay, a couple of miles northeast of our last anchorage and right across from Kodiak Island. After breakfast (which by time is usually brunch) we want to go for a walk along the beach knowing this is the time the bears go for a walk.
The weather has not been great the last days as two lows passed through. Out in the strait the sun is shining today, it's overcast here at the anchorage in the fjord as the clouds cling to the mountains. We have a view to an existing glacier, Halo Glacier, which was lit up in blue yesterday. That was a phenomenon I had never seen before. I guess because there was some blue sky behind the glacier and thick clouds towards our direction the blue got reflected onto the glacier. It was soso beautiful. The clouds slowly gave way to some blue sky for a while where the blue was extraordinary intense, maybe because it was mixed with the grey from some of the dissipating clouds. That was the highlight of the last two days. This morning is calm with no wind so far making the water in the bay a flat mirror.

17.06.2018

Geographic Harbor

We arrived here two days ago. We were promised a lot of bears, visible from the boat at land and close. We have seen 4 so far here, and even with my 450mm lens they are small in the picture. But, we have seen some. And I have to admit the weather is not behind us right now, it's raining. It has been since yesterday. Today we moved Alita to a spot where we can see the bear beaches a bit better and saw a mom And its young one. So very cute! Despite the rain we took the Dinghy and went closer, the mud flat however forced us to some distance. The bears seem to only come out at low tide here hoping to find some food at the beach. Haven't seen or caught any Salmon yet. We're short of protein :-). No meat, no fish. Marcus went fishing yesterday, no luck. So we're eating vegetarian. I took a photo of bear mama with grass in her mouth today. So cute.

At least the rain gives me opportunity to work on my photos.
Because of rainy and windy weather we'll be here another 2 days.

15.06.2018

Geographic Bay

The night before we left our last anchorage a Muse (Elk) swam through the bay to the other side. Focussed and chilled. So fun to watch. And that was just after watching a bear touring the beach. We had a 2-day and one night good sail/ motoring north-east from that anchorage to Geographic Harbor, where we are at now and will be for about a week because of weather. This is THE place to watch bears. As we had just dropped anchor a little Dinghy motor boat came with some photographers and their 600 and 800mm lenses on board. Din't know where they are staying over night. But, no bear here so far. Ok, we saw one. As we approached the bay here we had a welcoming by whales and sea otters. So so very cute. It was a bit hazy, but nice weather and we just had a midnight super beautiful sunset in the calmest water. Flat calm, a perfect mirror, which is great if you're anchored underneath high mountains reflecting in the waters....Soso beautiful here. Good night.

13.06.2018

Moving on

We left Fox Bay at 9am this morning and sailed 100nm esst along the beautiful snowy mountain coast. At our anchorage we took the Dinghy ashore and walked a bit. The first thing we saw was bear footprints on the beach. A paw is about my shoe size! A bit scary. We are equipped with a bell (cow bell that my friend gave me when I first left in 2012 that now has a use), bear spray and flares. We also carry emergency kit should we have to stay on land because the bears sleeps at our Dinghy, out Sat Phone and my 7mm neoprene suit + hat + gloved should a bear kill our Dinghy so that I can swim back aboard and get the kajak tor picking up the others. Tomorrow early in the morning we leave this place to sail another 140nm east to "Geographic harbor". This is supposed to be bear heaven. You can sit on the boat and watch bears all day long. We will also walk on land. The bears are used to people there. Unfortunately we will meet the first "land" tourists who a brought there by boat. Because of some bad weather coming up we will be there for about a week, so I finally get a rest. The weather today was gorgeous, though more wind than expected which was good for sailing. Later in the day the clouds started moving in. I guess it can't be sunshine and blue sky the whole time :-)

12.06.2018

Fox Bay

We left Sand Point this morning headed for the mainland only 4nm away and then further to the east. As we motored along it cleared up more and more and the mainland, the western Alaskan Peninsula, revealed its snowy and icy majestic beauty that makes you speechless. I never get tired of this amazing view. As we moved along the mountain chain it was so peaceful, hardly any wind and this flat sea top over a SE swell of about 1m. That made for super photos with Puffins and seagulls and later even whales in the foreground. Words are not enough to describe the beauty. Under way Marcus decided to shorten our travel distance and so we ended up at Fox Bay with a spectacular view from our well protected and green anchorage bay over to snow covered mountain range. And it's just peaceful and quiet. As the name suggests we're supposed to see Foxes here and even wolves. When I saw something walking in the bush out the angle of my eye I wondered that a fox would be that tall until I took a
closer look (with my camera) and found out it was a brown bear!! Oh my god, my first bear in nature!!!
Ah and I forgot: we had our first fresh salmon today, soso good!!! A fisherman gave the fresh caught salomon fillets yesterday. King Salmon, so very good! What a day!

03.06.2018

Day 10

We keep on traveling with changing winds and thus keep reefing the sails in and out. After a decent downwind sail in winds up to 27 knots (6-7Bf) we are back to sail teaser no wind and small wave pushing us around. As of tomorrow noon we'll have two days of strong wind before we have to start the engine again to each Durch Harbour. We're about 120nm west or our Rhump line (ideal course to destination) so that we can sail more downwind in the strong wind period.
It has gotten really cold an humid. Plus we're navigating in dense fog right now so our only eyes is the radar. It has become very moist in the boat with sweat water already in the bilge. With a water temperature of 8deg C (48F) Alita is freezing and has contracted a bit making it a bit harder to open the floor panels as they sit really tight now. The expected water temperature at Alaska is6 deg C, so it does not get much cooler...
Our current position at 01:32 3.6.2018 local time (UTC+10) is
44deg47,2N and 166deg 39,3W

02.06.2018

Day 8 of passage to Alaska

Yesterday started calm and then became very foggy and a bit rough over night. It started in my 6pm shift and calmed down at the end of my 3-6am night shift. After some calm sailing the "roaring fourties" showed us their best and let the engine roar which we had to start at 3pm and has been running ever since. We're again in a high pressure system and will hit a front soon bringing us stronger southerly winds which will then turn into very strong westerlies and then northerly winds ahead of the next low shooting us up to the Aleutians. Not sure yet we make it directly to Dutch Harbor. The northerlies towards the end of the passage might force us to first stop somewhere else. We'll see.
We enjoyed the relaxing day. I was in good mood and made a nice lunch and then baked Brezls that turned out to be my best ever. I habe also already prepared everything for dinner but we're still stuffed up so I haven't cooked it yet. Fresh veggies (yes, I still have some) that will end up as Asian sweet&sour with coconut cream. I will probably cook them around midnight at the end of my shift.
We're almost 2/3rds there!
Current position is 42deg13.75N and 165deg 12.8W

31.05.2018

Excited

Oh I am so excited it'll make it hard for me to write "interesting".

I just took fresh Dark Rye Sourdough bread out of the oven which had been in making process for 35 hours. I so love it when it smells like in a bakery here. So in my midnight nightshift a day ago I started growing the sourdough from my starter that lives in the fridge. One cup of rye and one cup of warm water added to the existing sourdough will produce more of it as long as you let it sit outside for a day. So this night I put some starter aside into the fridge and used the rest to make dough and two smaller loafs of bread from it. I let those two sit and wait for 6 hrs and now in this shift I put them in the oven and just took that yummy fresh bread out. That's what quiet sailing days are for. I am definitely not going to bake bread when it's blowing 30-40 knots.

We're finally back to sailing. Only about 8 knots of wind but enough to keep us going since the waves are not bad. So peaceful and quiet, we all love it a lot. While I was sitting here looking out as I do in my watch I noticed something black in the water. I thought "oh some more trash or a branch" as we're in that area of the ocean where all of that collects. Yes, we do see more here than we did anywhere else. Lots of fishing buoys. So I watched this thing and saw it was kind of lengthy yet it looked rubbery and shiny. Hm, I thought, a bit weird but could only be a small branch. As we passed by in about 50m distance I saw it move. Puzzled I kept on watching it. It couldn't possibly be a snake? Then it turned to the side and I saw a little wing/paw, then its back and finally the little head. It was the first seal for this season! Tiny little seal! Oh my god it made me so happy. There is so much life here, that's so cute. That's why we're always drawn to the cooler waters, the
re's just more going on. Crossing the south pacific there was nothing, not even a bird. Up here, we see dolphins, whales, seals, birds...And whoever passes underneath our boat once in a while as we can dee from the depth sounder who tells us the last measured depth was 7m. Yesterday it was 5.1m. In an ocean 5000m deep. The sounder can only measure up to about 60m. So if a dolphin or seals or whoever passes underneath Alita it will measure that and remember this as it can't measure the 5000m around it. Sweet aye?

Last night was a calm and beautiful night where Marcus and I both said "the ocean smells so nice, so fresh, like cool ocean". That is amazing as usually you don't smell that when you're on the boat, but only if you're in a calm bay. But we were sailing. 1000nm (1852km) away from land. So exciting. I so love days like these. It'll be all calm today, possibly back to motoring, then still calm tomorrow and I guess the last 4-5 days will be the strong wind ones for the final run. So we get to fill up with some energy...

current position

Bord time (UTC+10): 02:09, 31.5.2018
36deg 52N and 163deg 26W

Day 7

Last morning at 4.30 we started motoring because the wind was gone. Later that morning we finally took even the main sail down as it was only flapping and that's bad for the sail and the rigging. The sea calmed down more and more to an almost flat sea this afternoon. It was a hazy cloud covered day, very mystical and I n its way beautiful. At around 4.30 Severin and I went for a short swim- where the water was 5000m deep and 15 degrees celcius cold (59F). The water was the clearest and most amazing blue we have ever seen. You could see the real color just when you're in the water. The color was like a bright shining and clear sapphire, just an amazing blue that's hard to describe. I will never forget that. And it was cold, very cold. Funny though I had no problems going in. I just got down the ladder and in. Brr. It felt like going into the ice box after the sauna. Needless to say we did not stay in it very long, maybe 3 minutes. Just enough that Marcus could capture it on vi
deo.
Just before that adventure we saw a pot of dolphins, but they never came up to us. And afterwards I saw a whale in the distant - first the back, then a huge blow, then the tail and the blow and back again. Wonder what kind it was. The blow was higher than the one from our Tonga humpback whales.
Also we still see birds every day. It is kind of nice to not be alone here and yet enjoy the peace and quietness before the storm.
Looks like we will ride out the front and then shoot up with the strong winds from the low pressure system. It's gonna be cold with all this wind from behind :-)
Ever day we're already putting on more clothes. We're all to long pants, warmer shirts and fleece sweater, at night even a jacket. Just for that swimming moment in the afternoon it was ok because there was no wind.
So, one more day of "relaxing" motoring and then the ride begins. We're half way up by now and all well up and positive.

30.05.2018

Day 5

So far so good. We've got 1/3rd of the trip to Alaska behind us.We're in the high pressure system with 1031hPa, the wind is about to die on us. The tough part is lying ahead of us. There seems to be a bad cold front coming in in 2-3 days and we need to decide pretty soon now if we ride it and then ride ahead of the low that's behind it or sit and wait for 2 days trying to stay away from the front and the low but then we'd have northerlies behind it which is against our direction and we don't know what's coming behind. In that area up there there's a low passing through about every 3 days. It's a matter of luck how bad it hits you, depending on where you are and how low (in terms of latitude) the low comes. Let's just hope for the best. What's coming up is not really dangerous, but possibly very uncomfortable.
If you have more information about the front and the low pls send via E-Mail. Out current position is 35deg29,5N and 163deg14,8W

29.05.2018

Day 4

After a very quiet afternoon yesterday, night and morning the wind and sea picked up again boosting us additional 3 knots in speed.
This is probably the last passage we do with Alita as she is for sale and we already have possible customers who want her earlier than we wanted to give her away. We just put a sale note on the website and haven't publicly put her on sale yet as we knew she'd sell rather quick. Our plan was to at least sail her to my second home, LA, but that might not happen. Alita is just too perfect a boat - especially with all the additions and changes we made- to let her slip through your fingers once you found her. It will be hard for us to let her go. But, we need to go earn money and then look for the next project that is suitable for us to do the north west passage and sail in Europe.

So Alita and the weather joined their forces to at least give us the best possible ride to Alaska, where we're gonna spend the next 4 months and then head over to Canada.

We're all well up, the sun's out again since we're in the next high and we were very lucl so far to not have had to motor yet.

27.05.2018

Day 3 of passage to Alaska

We're enjoying a quite calm and peaceful sail so far. Not much sun these days, but at least enough to fill up the batteries. That's rather perfect I have to say, so it does not get too hot under deck. WE're all well up and slowly using up our fresh produce. THe most amusing part is that we're sailing through the Musicians seamounts. We already passed Sibelius, Mozart, Liszt, Tschaikowsky to name a few. Debussy, Brahms, Wagner, Puccini and some more are ahead of us, and my favorite, Rachmaninoff. Sadly the ocean does not reveal their music, but I can put it on on my music player. Mostly we're listening to the sound of the water rushing against and along Alita and imagine it's a symphony. Happy sunday.

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26.05.2018

Two days out

We're two days into our passage to Alaska now and all happy and well up. The first day was a bit rough but yesterday afternoon as we the wind started easing so did the waves. We went from a bit roaring cross sea to nice bumpy wind waves where our dear Alita is gliding through with ease and pride. WE're a bit more to the west than we wanted to, but we're already sailing hard to the wind, so no more room for improvement. At least this way we ave enough easterly room to run downwind if the next low kicks in. Our current position is to be found on the link I posted earlier. You can also subscribe and this way always get an info as soon as there is an update to our position.
https://yit.nz.com/yachts/alita

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24.05.2018

Leaving for Alaska

This afternoon we are finally heading up to Alaska. We had an awesome time here on Kauai, except for here in Hanalei Bay where it just rains all the time and the anchorage is really rolly. Yesterday I had to take a bus back to Lihue to buy a new power adaptor for my MacBook, as the old one broke (shit quality from Apple I have to say; they build them in a way they have to break. Argh). That took the whole afternoon. 

Anyways, we're ready to leave, the weather window looks quite good. So let's pray that all goes well and we're dafe and sound and don't get any bad storms. We're all positive. 
Byebye tropics. Hello cold, Orcas, Salmons, Dolphins, Ice, Glaciers, Bears and so much more I can't wait. 

We will be posting during the trip regularly with positions. You will also always find the position once a day on https://www.yit.nz/yacht/alita

Talk to you on the way. 

20.05.2018

Retrospective: Molokai and little harbor in Kaneohe

Sitting at the laundromat in Kauai I finally find some time to write my little stories from the last two weeks.

Life got so much better once we left the big, noisy and dirty city of Honolulu. Tired of seeing homeless people everywhere. Living in tents in all the parks and in vans or junk boats at the harbor. I could not go out alone at night to do night photography, it was too dangerous with my expensive equipment. Having said that, it's not much better on any of the islands. I don't see many people living in tents here, but in their cars in the harbor. They use the facilities here. That's why in all the harbors there are facilities we pay for with our fee but we refrain from using them unless we have to. Very ugly and filthy.
Anyways, I was so happy once we set sails towards Molokai. I have always wanted to go there. No, we did not go to the (little) tourist place and no we did (unfortunately) not go to the rim of the north shore to look down on where we would sail by a couple of days later. We stayed in that little harbor Lono, I had posted pictures. It is not particularly pretty there. No real beach, muddy water, just a simple old harbor which is falling apart. But it kept us safe from the outside swell and - due to the mountains - safe from most stronger wind. So we found peaceful time to relax and come back to our boating life. And only one family living in a tent there so I felt safe to go out ­čśÄ The most exciting part definitely were those sailboats leaving the harbor on a rough day with high waves breaking over the entrance. They had to time their exit right so that they would leave in a lower set of waves. They all manged to get out ok, sometimes turning back inmidst of the attempt of going out because a huge wave came in. And because of the wave breaker wall they could not possibly see what's coming until they were basically in it. So they made it out ok. Then the smallest of them picked up the anchor and left. They must have not followed everything that was happening because they went out without even looking. As fortune works of course they got a huge set rolling in knocking them pretty bad to the side. The people were sitting easy in their cockpits, no life vest on, and a guy even standing on deck (no life vest) as they drive out and got knocked several times. Too bad I was filming the others with my drone and not them. I filmed from the inside but all we could see was the boat coming up high on a wave and next the mast being almost horizontal. Boy, that was scary. Especially knowing that there is the reef they were knocked close to...

After a joyful 5 days we set sails for Lahaina - it was calm with little swell and no problem driving out. The channel between Molokai and Maui is known for some pretty bad winds and rough conditions even in just normal easy tradewind conditions all around the islands. So it happened that we started of with flat sea and motoring on that beautiful morning. As the wind picked up and our sails were out we wanted to finally get some video of Alita sailing under full sail. We waited until it calmed down a bit and then I flew him out. Of course once he was up the wind really picked up and healing Alita challenged my balance as I was still controlling Charly with both my hands. But I believe I wrote about that before. We got beautiful footage from that.

When we arrived in Lahaina we could not find an empty Lahaina Yacht Club morring. All the marking on them was gone. We tried anchoring but the anchor, as expected, found no holding. So we picked up one mooring which we thought could be one of the Yacht Club's. Until today we do not know if it was or not. While Marcus stayed on the rockin and rolling boat I drove into the little harbor, tied up the Dinghy and walked to the Harbormaster to sign in. They could not tell me which buoy is whose. Great. But the lady was very nice and despite it being past her closing time she checked me in. But the cashier was already closed, I should pay next morning. It would be a crazy day because it's Cruise Ship day but I'd be able to finish the process. Ok. So I trotted on to the Lahaina Yacht Club hoping for some information. The responsible office lady was there, checked me in and copied all the boat papers and my ID but she was not able to tell me if I am on one of their moorings. And by the way, the moorings are all reserved, there should be none left. And they are expecting one more sailing vessel. But wait, it was already there and checked in. I received the phone number of the Vice Commodore who is responsible for the moorings and who can see the mooring field within a couple of feet from here house. Of course she did not answer the phone. So I left and prayed we would not get kicked off the mooring. I went to the grocery store to get some stuff and went back "home". Around 10pm in the pitch dark a sailing vessel which we had seen in Honolulu before, "Under the pole", came in and looked for a mooring. We believe we were in theirs. It's about a 60ft steel expedition boat with a couple of young people on it. Going for the Northwest Passage? Well, no one complained.
Early next morning I went in to the harbourmaster again and wanted to pay, but they weren't receiving me because of Cruiseship day. I managed to talk to one of the responsibles and she said they are short in staff and we're ok with no pay. So one night for free­čśÄ. Yay. I went to to my business, got some more fresh produce and off we went to the famous bay of Maui.
To get there we had to go through - or better said - against the channel. So we motored all the way against about 20knots of wind (36km/h). But it wasn't bad and really scenic. We arrived at a beautiful and calm anchorage, unfortunately it was overcast and rainy. Couldn't believe that were 6m waves on the same spot a couple of weeks before. I did post picture of both days before.
I posted that magic next morning when we left for Molokai north shore which is famous for its spectacular cliff drops of up to 3000 ft (1000m) and all those waterfalls. This happens over a bit less than 1/2 of the north shore of Molokai and basically ends at that old town which is known as the lepra colony. Ill people were brought there to be separated from the healthy people on land. They were bound to die there. At least it is beautiful there, call it paradise. Most people did not survive their 50s. The old colony is located on the east of this north peninsula. Nowadays there is a village close by, on the west of the pensinsula, near the lighthouse. Spectacular cloud/ sun scenes let us not be sad that of course the clouds came in and it was raining most of the time we drove along the north shore. We still got some footage with Charly, just before it started to rain. I still have mot developed that material.

From the peninsula on we got to sail and had a really enjoyable sail up and over to Oahu. We were so unexpectedly fast that we could still make it to Kaneohe Bay in daylight even being able to get fuel and water in this charming harbor. In that harbor time has stood still. As we drove by the front side of the pier I could hear Iz's Hawaiian music playing from somewhere, no one talking, old men, a family and a couple all involved in fishing. That scene already sent calming energy over to me. Energy of traditions, simple life, hunting and peace.
It was a bit hard in the conditions to dock and there were no cleats in good position so that I could throw the lines. A local guy, seemingly with lots of Hawaiian blood, came over. No words. He took a line from me and walked front, fixed it (not professionally) on a cleat. Another guy, who seems to eat a lot (and crap) who sat there in the side if the pier fishing answered to my question of fuel availability with "oh yeah, I can do fuel". We still did not see any fuel hose. Once I had tied Alita up a friendly guy came, opened a little door in that little shed and pulled out the hose. He runs the "communication center" there. Diesel station, cafe, fridges with drinks, souvenirs, TV and a food stand which sends its smell of old an cheap frying oil all over the pier. Some people were coming and picking food up. Hamburgers, sausages, fries. Every body dressed like on the country or polynesia. Knee long shorts (with pockets) and T-shirts for men, more or less dirty and worn. Leggings and T-shirts which both seem at least 2 sizes too small for girls. Laughter, chatting can be heard and a young parrot who is not yet able to talk overlooks the scene and learns. In the harbor itself are smaller, cheap and mostly rotton boat. I am sure most of them - at least the motor ones- are still in use for fishing. Typical, original, simple, charming. Loved it.

Michaela

19.05.2018

Na Pali coast Kauai

Sorry I have to repeat myself. This place is insane. And if you thought sailing is dangerous, you have not done some of the cliff walks here in Kauai. Insane: the trail, the view, everything. Gotta love this place.



18.05.2018

Kauai insane - at night


No words. Just insane. Good night. 


Kauai from another planet

This island Kaua'i is pure magic, amazing, astonishing, crazy. All the towns make you feel like 100 years ago with their historic house faces and the nature is just out of this world. No matter where you go, you will love it. The hikes are are breathtaking, they make you speechless - at least the ones in and around the Canyon. But all hikes have their own charm. We loved our hike to the waterfall and my shower in the falls as well as the Canyon hikes. There is so much to write. This will take more time which I don't have right now because I am busy hiking and taking pictures and preparing them. I have so many pictures as well, lots of panoramic ones which I need to stich together. So for today I can only upload a couple, but I wanted to share this amazing place with you. Even though pictures can't reflect the beauty really. You have to see it to believe it. As you can see, I am absolutely in love with this island. So in love that I don't care if it's raining every day. And that I did my long hike today in the rain, arriving at the view point in rain but being lucky that the clouds cleared a bit for s short moment to reveal the beauty of the bay. Jaw dropping. To top it off I did a little after sunset night shoot in a place I had selected when I drove up this noon. Just stunning.
Enjoy.















15.05.2018

Animals of the day

Waimea Canyon

Ok so we had our first meet up with Waimea Canyon and it blew us away. We could not believe our eyes. We came just before sunset so there was not much light in the Canyon. But the evening sun that came through the clouds was really pretty. 






Kailua Falls

Here is a nice panorama of Wailua Falls. 




12.05.2018

Arrived at Kauai

We left Kane'ohe Bay in the late afternoon yesterday again with dramatic light and just safely arrived at Nawiliwili Harbor at beautiful Kauai, the forth largest and the oldest of the Hawaian Islands. Kauai is known for its beauty and I can't wait to explore it. We are anchored out in the harbor and have a rental car as of monday morning for a week.
Today, after checking out the town here, I am gonna pull my piano out and see if I get something going.

11.05.2018

Footage shooting

We're having a blast shooting footage for our Alita movies to come. We are working through all my material and will start making videos on a regular basis about our life on board, our dreams, personality as well as repairs, cooking and much more. Today we shot some footage for the introductory video and we really enjoyed it. Stay tuned.

10.05.2018

North Shore Surfing

Here my favourite shots: 

Wave at the beach - you need a bit nerves for that. Oh how I love being in that water.









Surfing way out





07.05.2018

Molokai, Lanai and Honolulu

Time flies by when you live to the fullest in nature. When you can't get enough of that view, when you listen to the birds sing for hours or enjoy a beautiful sail with 8-9 knots through the waters of Hawaii. This last week was just amazing. All that relaxing time in Long horror at Molokai. Then finally we sailed on to Lahaina on Maui. During that sail we finally managed to get great videos from Alita under full sail and with a nice speed making a decent wake. Of course the wind picked up once I was flying Charly (the drone) and started healing more and more while I was standing on deck at the stern (back) not being able to hold on to anything as I was holding the remote control. That god I have such a good balance that I was able to withstand all the rolling and healing. Finally when the side of the deck nearly hit the water I sat down which did not make it easier as I tended to slide down. But I had to control Charly, even when Marcus drove a jibe. After about 20 min I flew him back in, just in time before even heavier winds and rain hit us. What a ride!. 
We spent a night in Maui rocking' and rolling as usual. It is just so interesting that at night, this time 10p.m. all of a sudden first the wind dies and then the waves and thus the rolling. Literally from one second to the other. I could not believe that. Having picked up seem fresh groceries we let go of the mooring again and motored against the wind up to the world famous Honolulu Bay. Famous for decent snorkling with a good chance of meeting a turtle and famous for big wave surfing. We had been there on land in January when it had 6m waves just 100m away from where we anchored this time. Hard to believe. And we did find our turtle and Marcus even got to film it really well. Oh so precious. Having spent the day at sea and swimming we went to bed early to get up at 4a.m. next morning to be at Molokai just after sunrise. My dream of many years has come true: we sailed along the step cliffs of the north shore of Molokai. The weather was not great, but the cliffs were spectacular nervertheless. I got to take two nice videos with Charly before it startet to rain again. Wen continued with a just beautiful sail back to Oahu, this time to the east side into Kaneohe Bay, where we are anchored now. Arriving here we had such a wonderful experience, but I will leave that to my next blog entry tomorrow. 

Pictures below are: 
Sunset at Lono, view over Lono harbor from cliff and back up the cliff from Alita, West side of Maui, Fish and turtle in Honolulu Bay, Alita sailing past Lanai and arriving in Honolulu the first time (in January), me doing Ballett at anchorage in Long harbor, two pictures of Lanai and me sailing towards Lahaina