The Fun Sail Back from Hawaii

Revised: Saturday, January 25, 2014

Jim Quanci is meticulous in his preparations, and enthusiastic in his presentation.  Attached is his take on getting the boat home.  The introduction is set out below:

The Fun Sail Back from Hawaii

By: Jim Quanci

Few people on this earth have done more than a few passages back from Hawaii (folks like John Jourdane, Skip Allen and the Commodore) – so are really in a position to give a definitive view on how to “best” sail from Hawaii to the West Coast – and I am not one of them.  That said, having done the return trip four times on my Cal 40 Green Buffalo, I hope to share with you some of the things I have learned about how to make the trip home not a chore but a whole lot of fun.  My having raced to Hawaii from the West Coast a number of times, you might find it odd to hear that I find the voyage home to be more intellectually stimulating, emotionally fulfilling and just plain more enjoyable then the race over. 

I feel sorry for folks that have only raced to Hawaii – and missed the joys of the trip home (though I understand the time investment is large which makes sailing both ways for most people difficult to impossible).  Hopefully this article will give you a sense of just why that is – and how you can also have great fun getting your boat home.  Delivering your boat home from Hawaii is one of just a very few challenging and fun long distance passages in the world of sailing that unfortunately very few people have experienced.  I hope you can join the “club”! 

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A 17-time vet, including those "other" Pacific Races, Jim is presently Commodore of the Singlehanded Sailing Society.  He is well-known for his many passages, with family, and even singlehanded, aboard his Cal 40, Green Buffalo.

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