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                     The Flexi-flyers flying again
                                                 by Cindy Scheopner

Steve Dixon

Steve Dixon shared the story of a recent cruise with two of his best friends since seventh grade at the December 3, 2013 meeting of the Cruising and Voyaging Society. When young, the three used to careen down a steep hill near his California home on a wheeled Flexi Flyer sled. This time, their adventure was to sail from Oahu to Molokai, Lanai and Maui. Steve enjoys inter-island cruising because “You can get up in the morning, have your coffee, have your breakfast, and then go there, get safely moored and get a good night’s sleep.”

They sailed from the Ala Wai small boat harbor on Oahu aboard Lanakila, Steve’s 44-foot Caribbean Sailing Yacht. The first stop was Hale O Lono Harbor on the south side of Molokai. On an earlier trip Steve tried side-tying to the wharf in Lono harbor but thought it seemed too shallow for his 6’6” draft.  Since then, when in Lono, he has

Lanakila,and crew

anchored out and taken the dinghy to shore.  Last year the Kaneohe Yacht Club was sponsoring a group cruise to Lono and the discussion was all about dropping an anchor in the deep mud in the bay, and Tahiti or Med-tying to the wharf.  So that is what Steve did on this cruise.  Steve says he probably won’t Tahiti tie to the Lono Wharf again because he was up adjusting anchor chain and dock lines and bow bumpers several times that night.  When the strong easterly trade winds kick up and roar through Lono Harbor, with the boat tied to the wharf in a North/South orientation, the boat just wants to sail into the concrete wharf.  And the deep, soft mud on the harbor bottom will let the anchor drag a bit until it is well set.  Steve says it is a lot easier to just anchor out, and put the dinghy or stand up paddle in the water for trips to and from shore.  “On the other hand, if well anchored, with plenty of rode out, it might be easy enough to Tahiti tie to the wharf, and just let the dock lines well out and move the boat 10-20 feet off the Wharf when the crew goes to bed.”

 After tying up to the wharf in Lono, the crew and the two dogs went for a walk along the shore line.  One of the crew asked Captain Steve: “So what is there to do here in Lono”?  Steve said: ”We are doing it.”  So the next day, after coffee, breakfast, and a walk for the dogs, they sailed to Manele Bay, Lanai. “It was a thrilling beam-reach in 35 knots of wind with four to eight foot breaking seas,” Steve recalls. It took six to seven hours rounding Lanai on the south side. They sailed most of it but when the sun was going down and he wanted to get in before dark, they began to motor-sail.  Mooring in Manele Bay is more of a challenge now than it used to be, because the most recent tsunami dropped a lot of mud in the harbor.  Steve says they hit bottom in low tide, even after pulling back as far as possible off the slip wharf into the bay. 

Portland Pudgy dinghy

After a few lovely days in Lanai, they sailed for Lahaina.  The wind was sloppy in the channel so they motored most of the way. Steve says he always checks in with the Harbor Master  for a slip inside the Lahaina small boat harbor, but has only gotten one twice in twenty years. Rather than anchoring out in the Lahaina Roadstead, he prefers to anchor in Mala Bay, about a ten-minute walk to town and not as rolley at night. There were 20-30 boats but it wasn’t crowded. Mala Warf has a dinghy dock and boat ramp. His Portland Pudgy dinghy safely conveyed the three men and two dogs to shore. It is a rotomolded polyethylene dinghy, made from the same material as ocean kayaks.  Besides serving as the ship’s tender, The Portland Pudgy is intended to be a “pro-active unsinkable life boat that rows, motors, and sails well.

The trip back across the Molokai channel to Kaunakakai Harbor was “a nice downwind run.” They sailed with the jib alone, making seven to eight knots. He called ahead and found it was possible to anchor out or a slip was available on both the leeward and mauka sides. Steve picked mauka, which he says was a little rough and made for a bumpy night, so leeward would have been better. His high school buddies left and he was joined by family. His son and grandchildren stayed in a time-share on the west end of Molokai while he and Lila stayed on the boat with the dogs. Old sailing friends and the former managers of the Fuel Dock, Russ and Lea Wells, also joined as crew.

A rainbow greeted their return to Oahu. “Coming and going, you can understand why Diamond Head has inspired sailors forever. "It is such a beautiful landmark,” Steve said. “Back home, safe and sound. It is wonderful to be cruising Hawaii and wonderful to be home in the Ala Wai.”   Click pictures to enlarge



                                 Christmas Parade of Lights
       by Cindy Scheopner

Principessa, Don Farley

What the annual parade of lights lacked in numbers, it made up for in enthusiasm! The weather on Saturday, December 14, 2013 was fabulous with a big, full moon watching the five participating boats. They passed the Hawaii Yacht Club and Waikiki Yacht Club reviewing positions, then motored around the harbor area. Pedestrians waved from the sidewalk, people on hotel balconies took photos, and other boaters cheered from their slips. The boats took a couple of passes just to be sure everyone had a good view. The turnout at HYC was great. People waved and cheered from grill area, the upper lanai and boats three deep at the Aloha dock.


Steady Beat, Josh Bryan

Prizes were awarded at the HYC, where a special taco buffet was prepared for participants. The number one boat was Capt. Don Farley on Principessa, second was Josh Bryan on Steady Beat and third was Susan Wada on Freedom. Principessa was the Cruising and Voyaging Society boat, but the Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron boat Steady Beat also had CVS members as half the crew. Skipper Josh was one of four new CVS members welcomed at the December brunch the next morning.

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December Brunch
 by Cindy Scheopner

So many people showed up for the December Cruising and Voyaging Society brunch that a rain storm wanted to join us. Nearly the entire upper lanai of the Hawaii Yacht Club was filled with cruisers and guests for the December 15 holiday gathering. As people gathered, ominous weather reports prompted the lowering of awnings around the elevator. Fleet Captain Tom Gebhardt conducted the brief business section as the first rain began to fall. While more and more breakfast plates arrived, the wind picked up and rain increased. Elf Eder supervised the Secret Santa gift exchange and all had selected their gifts just as the weather turned in earnest.

First, all the awnings were lowered. Then, the tables were moved toward the building, because those sitting on the ocean side were getting wet backs. Finally, nearly everyone moved indoors. At last, the lone holdout with an umbrella also surrendered to the elements. The galley wait staff did a great job of matching the last few brunch deliveries with their hungry recipients. A trivia quiz with questions about CVS members wrapped up the morning.

The next CVS meeting will be Tuesday, January 2, 2014. Former HYC Commodore Sterling Lau is scheduled to speak about his America's Cup adventure.

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                                               Transpac host party leads to Pacific crossing

                                                                                                       By Cindy Scheopner

Cindy & Richard

A chance conversation during a Transpac boat welcome party led to the opportunity of a lifetime for a Cruising and Voyaging Society member. As Richard Denton visited with Sleeper navigator Sheri Hunt, she mentioned that the return crew could use another member. He initially refused but the offer stayed open and by the time Sleeper left Honolulu on July 27, Rick was aboard the Jeanneau 44. He shared the story of his trip, illustrated with photos and videos, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

On the race over, Sleeper had finished second in Division 8, behind Dorade, who won the First Place Overall and Sheri picked up the Pacific High Trophy for Farthest North Course. As the return skipper, she charted a similar course, heading north when the crew of three women and three men left Honolulu just ahead of Tropical Storm Flossie. Rick posted daily updates via sat phone text, which were shared with the CVS mailing list, so many of those at the meeting had followed along in real time with his adventure.

The crew saw many marine animals, including whales, a pod of dolphins and a six-foot Mola Mola. They attempted to supplement their meals with fresh fish, but it turns out that catching a large ocean fish and actually getting it aboard are separate matters. The first two hooked were returned to the ocean, but they managed to catch a third with an improvised lure and land it. As they passed through the Pacific high, winds were so light that they stopped the boat and (nearly) everyone got off to swim.

They ran into debris, some apparently from the Japan tsunami, as they recoverd a giant glass ball in a net. There also were stove repairs and continuous problems with the engine in the final days of the trip.  Sleeper arrived in San Pedro, California on August 15 after a 19-day crossing. CVS members wanted to know details of the passage, so the question and answer exchanges were lively.

The most memorable part of the trip for Rick was the night-time sailing and the story those on his watch made up about aliens arriving with the Perseid meteor shower. He hadn’t really known what to expect, so by just doing it he gained valuable experience. Would he go again? “Yeah, sure!”


Also in November, CVS members gathered on Veteran’s Day for an “early-bird” Thanksgiving to accommodate family and travel plans. The monthly brunch on Sunday, November 17th was the first with the new HYC galley.



Alice Woods’ TRUE BLUE Arrives back in Hawaii

 by Nancy Terrell

 I don't know when I have been more awed by two speakers than I was by Alice Woods and Anne Bayly.  These two dynamic women spoke to our Cruising & Voyaging Society on August 6th about their 14 month, 25,000 mile circumnavigation on Alice's 39' cutter, True Blue.  And “true blue” she was, as she was home to these fearless sailors, as well as several other women along the way, voyaging her way through three oceans, four hemispheres, including multi seas, bays and harbors in a journey that is as inward and spiritual as it is outward.

Alice and Anne

The women figure that they have spent 8 solid months at sea with 51 days being their longest passage - without refrigeration and without running their engine.  To me, a 45 year sailor, the most amazing, as well as spiritual, part of this epic adventure is arriving at the equator at dawn for the summer solstice with a double rainbow and a full moon.

For two hours approximately 50 members and guests sat in rapt attention as Alice and Anne told story after story, answering questions along the way. Those of us, who have thousands of miles of cruising under our belts, were especially spellbound.  Admittedly Alpha females, they are certainly Omega in attitudes, viewing their accomplishment as a time for healing and coming to grips with the last half of their lives – a time of making “full circle” so to speak.

The simplicity of this type of living and their willingness to “go with the flow (trades)” certainly is an advantage.  With an absence of testosterone, they are willing to take each day as it comes without pressing their luck with weather, immigration, boat failures and such – which naturally happens anyway.  It is obvious that both have the skill sets necessary for this type of an adventure - their stories reveal when these skills are necessary, as well as implemented.

For Alice, the owner and captain of True Blue, their journey was a time of restoration after the recent death of her husband, with whom she had originally planned this voyage.  It was a necessary time of grieving as she spread his ashes in various parts of the world’s oceans they both loved so passionately.  For Anne, who sold her boat in order to make this passage, it was the time of a final maturity before making the decisions one faces before elder-hood - a time to reflect and eliminate the none essential areas of life - a time during which those decisions may not have been made but the affect of this life event now gives her the strength to "not compromise" about her future. 

The background photography was breathtaking - absolutely amazing in the style of National Geographic or such.  Photos of nature, cultures, and the sea, selected at random, were the perfect backdrop for such an informal talk.  They were stunning, to say the least, and certainly products of Anne's eye for beauty.  Anne was also the chef for the voyage, challenging her creativity and culinary skills, as there was no refrigeration.

But this journey was not made without a purpose.  As Alice states, "This pilgrimage around the belly of this beautiful planet has helped us to understand just what it is we sit upon...the earth is so much smaller than we thought, so much more lovely... She spins in an ocean of air, floats in a sea of stars. This sanctuary in space offers us all that we need and concedes to most of our desires. May we never forget to respect all this.”  The trip was open to women of all ages, desiring to increase their knowledge of blue water sailing and long passage making. 

Although the original reason for the voyage was to provide a focus for my own life, I wanted to share this experience with other women comrades. There are so few woman-skippered boats, so the opportunity for an all-woman crew on long passages is fairly unique. I hoped to offer the venue for women to find out some of what their own capabilities are as well as deveop a true love of sailing and the sea."   

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 by Nancy Terrell

 Tom Gebhardt, Bob & Sherie Haward

The CVS had already signed up to host one TransPac Racer, FOIL, but when they heard that several entrees had no hosts at all, they upped it to three.  What a time was had by both CVS members, TransPac racers and their guests.

It all started July 18, with the arrival of S/Y Manatea, a 2004 Seastream 650 built with owner, Bob Hayward & his wife Cheryl (CFO of Summit Pictures – Hunger Games, Mad Men & Vampire Diaries).  TV cameras, reporters and Team Manatea, headed by Nancy Terrell with many other CVS members present.  Their arrival party, held on the lawn at HYC, was one of relaxation and fun as they were the first monohull to finish.

S/Y Sleeper, was the second C&VS boat to arrive headed by Team Sleeper’s Bill Taylor and Lillian Russell.  A 1992 Jeanneau 44 hailing from Cabrillo Beach YC with owner/skipper Ron Simonson at the helm.  Another dazzling party was held on the lower patio of the HYC that lasted until almost midnight.

Sleeper's Crew

Foil, a 2000 Farr 40, & Team Foil, headed by CVS leader Tom Gebhardt and Eder, was not so easy, arriving after 11 pm with a party that went on until 2:30.  By this time the C&VS members were sated but happy – along with the crew.  Foil with owner/skipper Gordon Leon, is another representative of Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.  Our guest Hula dancer provided our guests a visual introduction to Hawaii as well as much picture taking that went on well into the wee hours.

Foil's Crew

At the end of the day all of our sponsored boats received awards -

first to finish in Division 8 in this year's race was Bob Hayward's Seastream 650 Manatea.

first to finish in Division 5 was Foil with Gordon Leon at the helm of his Farr 40.  We will be looking for him in the Farr Worlds Competition next year

second to finish in Division 8 was Ron Simonson's Jeneauu 44, Sleeper, only after the all over winner, Dorade, a gorgeous 1929 S&S who won the race in 1936 also. 

Way to go ---

 All in all, I think everyone enjoyed the teams immensely – but none of this could have been done without the assistance of the entire Cruising & Voyaging Society.  We put our stamp on this years TransPac So Mahalo to you all – Well Done and Way to Go !!!!




                                                       July  4th Celebration

Aloha Everyone - and Mahalo for the great turnout for the July 4th celebration of the Cruising and Voyaging Society on the top floor of the Hawaii Yacht Club. Wow - did we ever have fun - joining with several other groups yet visiting with our own. The pot-luck was absolutely splendid with even some food left over. The patronage was just great and the fireworks were superb. All in all, a wonderful time was had by all. A terrific group by any standards. Thanks to each of you for your participation, energy and great eats

Nancy Terrell  



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                                                                                             Father's Day Breakfast

Cindy and Rick

The V&CS turned out for a fantastic Father's Day breakfast on the upper deck at the Hawaii Yacht Club on June 16. Everyone was in a good mood and joy prevailed throughout the meal. Tom, our fearless leader, welcomed new comers Cindy and Rick, as well as Rona, a single-handed sailor who just graced our shores from Costa Rica on a 54 day passage. Welcome to all ---

As it was not a business meeting, everyone just had a jolly good time sharing in stories and future plans. Jeff and Patti have returned from a three month cruise around South America - wow, what a time they had. Ralph and Jacki will be leaving for what sounds like a great cruise through the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia.

Bon Voyage and bring back some wonderful memories and slides for a VCS presentation.

The weather was knock-down gorgeous, as is expected in Hawaii. I personally thank everyone for their good wishes concerning my Total Knee Replacement of five weeks ago. I'll be in dancing mode soon, I promise !!

Mahalo, Nancy


                         Da Group                                         Dave & Nancy                                   Ed and Bill


                                      April Meeting   


The April meeting of the Cruising and Voyaging Society which has moved to Tuesday evenings, occurred on April 4 at HYC.

Kawika, Dave, Tom, Lila and Scott

The move certainly did not seem to affect the attendance as about 40 members came out and brought friends. The reason - a great movie, "Transpac, one Hundred Years of crossing the Pacific" which was graciously lent by Carl Garinger and facilitied by Kawika Warren. The movie was truly fascinating and was a great start for the TransPac season as our C&V Society will sponsor "Wind Dancer", a Transpac veteren, skippered by Paul Edwards M.D. out of Ventura, California.

The event was made even more special by all the wonderful food the members brought along as the potluck was fantastic.

Thanks to all who donated their food, with a special thanks to Chef Alex for bringing grand trays of pupus from his new resturant.                                                                                 

Eric and Sojan

We did have a little business as well, including the upcoming Anniversary party on April 28th up stairs on Sunday evening. more details to follow.  It will be fun, I am sure.
Our next scheduled cruise is May 24-27th "Around Oahu on Memorial Day" with planned stops at Kaneohe Bay, Pokai Bay and of course lots of sailing and fishing.
Hope to see you all at the next bunch Sunday April 21th at 9 am at the upper galley.

Tom Gebhardt, Fleet Captain
(photos by and introduction by Nancy Terrell)





                                     Weekend News
by Nancy Terrell
Feb. 11, 2013
Here is the news from the weekend, which included the Blessing of the Fleet for all Hawaii yacht club race boats (island wide).  Our C & V Society had two entries, Tanya, captained by Bill Taylor and Makani Kai, captained by Dave Cooper.

The following is Dave's log entry, "

Hawaii has 3 racing classes and a cruising class. Class X PHRF rating of 33 and under; Class A PHRF 34-110; Class B PHRF 111 & up; and Class C, a cruising class, aka Jib and main. Makani Kai rates at 195 and with a jib and main is most suited to Class C.

We sailed with a short crew of Bill Beadle, Peter Ratcliff (visiting from the UK) & myself today in the first of the point races for the season, the Kokohead Race about 16 nm. We decided to up the ante and sail in Racing class B with the big boys instead of the maybe more suitable Cruising class as we have only a small jib and main at the moment. No overlapping head sails or spinnakers.

Makani Kai shook off those disadvantages and we did well up to the Diamond Head

mark and thought we’d get skunked bashing all the way to Kokohead in 20-25 kts with seas to match. Makani Kai just put her shoulder into the seas and we nearly kept up with the bigger boats all the way to the turning mark at Port lock. Then a long ride back to DH and on to the finish without a spinnaker, just the small jib and full main.

We were the last boat to finish but at least Makani Kai had kept the rest of the fleet in sight.


Awards were at 1700 at the HYC and we attended just to see who did what. The announced the places and …….6th went by and 5th, 4th 3rd, guess we missed hearing “Makani Kai in the beginning! And then we heard it “2nd place Makani Kai”!!!! I nearly fell off the chair!

Guess that everyone who put in some time should get a piece of the award….a bottle of Bacardi Rum!

Now we have a fork in the road……as this race counts for seasons points at the Hawaii Yacht Club and also the Hawaii Yacht Racing Association seasons points. Hard to throw away a second place ;-)"

And also from Tom Gebhardt, who raced with Bill Taylor on Tanya.

On Sunday Cruisers: Kawika, Don farley and I joined Bill Taylor and raced with the racing fleet  aboard "Tanya" for a really nice day at sea during the "Koko Head Race".   Dave Cooper and his crew Bill and Jim battled us to the death and on corrected time Dave pulled off a win in his class. Well done Dave and Crew,  "




                          Christmas Boat Parade                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                          by  Nancy Terrell

Bill, Lillian & Santa

Barbara Dove

The HYC Cruising and Voyaging Society took an active part in the annual HYC Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.  A change in venue, using the inner harbor as the viewing stand and foregoing the trek down to Honolulu Harbor as in previous years, was welcomed by all. The winner was Jeff Raiford, a member of the C&VS  with Bill Taylor being the first runner-up.  Bill is the owner of Tanya, the only C&VS entered boat, among the 13 entries. Bill and Lillian headed a lively and colorfully dressed crew.   C&VS members comprised crew on many of the other entries however with all seeming to have a holiday time afterwards for dinner and the Awards Ceremony.  More details on the winners, etc. with pictures of the boats, will be available in the Jan. issue of the club's newsletter.  Hats off to Dave Cooper with crew Barbara Dove as comprising the Safety Boat which helped the larger yachts make the turn in the lane nearest the Harbor Pub and the Illikai Condos and Hotel.

Much fun was had by all - Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year for all of our C&Y members.   (Click picture to enlarge)



                          Mike & Patti Salomon Visit            
                                                                                                                                                       Contributing Editor, Nancy Terrell

Dave, Mike, Lelia & Steve

Patti, Jackie, Naomi & Nancy

Friends of Michael and Patti Salomon, and members of the Cruising and Voyaging Society, turned out Wednesday night upstairs at the HYC for an impromptu dinner honoring the two returning members.  As we all know, Michael is the Webmaster of our webpage and graciously keeps it up for us although he and Patti have now resettled in California.  Patti has long been a driving force behind the success of the C & V Society and is our Web Editor.  The couple did so much for our group during their long life on Oahu and it was with much regret that we saw them leave some 18 months ago.

Everyone seemed to have an enjoyable the evening with Michael and Patti receiving lovely leis and greetings from our members.  The fact that so many people joined together during such an impromptu occasion states how much we all welcomed them back.  Both the dinner and service were excellent also.  Great going guys – and much Aloha for some very Happy Holidays.  While back on the mainland, they can be reached at salomonm001@gmail.com . (Click picture to enlarge)



                                                           TRANSPAC 2009
                                                           CVS Hosts Far Niente

Far Niente, a 42' Catalina production sailboat out of Dana Point, Ca., was hosted by the Cruising & Voyaging Society for this year's Transpac Yacht Race.  Volunteers included Leslie & Dave Moore, Richard & Nancy Sommery-Gade, Ralph & Jackie Sprague, Ed Abbot & Kimmy, Rick Tudeur, Tom Gebhardt, Ted Murphy, Linell Kam, Naomi Wasano, Dotty Bates, Barb Dove and Bill Beadle.  Special Thanks also to our financial contributors, too many to list here.


The Far Niente crew consisted of Captain and owner Pat Hearne, Rick McCredie, Don Young, George Miller, Robert Ritner and Steve Clifford.  Along with several of their wives and friends, they were our guests at the Aloha Dock of the Hawaii Yacht Club when they arrived on the morning of July 16th.  

The welcoming party and the experience of meeting these racers were superb by everyone's estimation.  The entire group mixed and melded together, probably a result of Dave Moore's Mai Tai's at 9 am.......and the party went on for three hours and was a great success.  Captain Hearne reciprocated by hosting the entire welcoming committee for brunch at the Yacht Club on the following Sunday.  He expressed his appreciation and that of his crew for the warm and generous greeting, helping to make their arrival and their stay in the Ala Wai a pleasure.  

This was a most memorable Transpac Race for many reasons and making new friends is always a bonus!

Bill Beadle, Fleet Captain                                 Click Here for more pictures