A couple of changes to the initial report are that it was a 42 foot sloop
. The owner, Captain
Magee, had bought it for $4300 and put about $30,000 more into it. They were sailing from San Pedro to the islands. Off Diamond Head
there is a Red Buoy marking the shoaling area and if you cut from there straight for the Ala Wai Yacht Basin it is easy to go aground. Its always a good idea to keep heading East a bit more before coming closer to shore. I would imagine the crew was tired, they were anxious to get in to the Ala Wai and a lapse in judgment bounced them on the reef whereupon they lost
and that was their demise.
was brisk trades and they (probably) had just come downwind through the channel between Molokai and Oahu
which can be pretty choppy and accelerates the wind
strength. So physically they might also been tired. They had been out for 17 days.
The lesson in this tragedy is that when you are tired and close to shore it is always better to standoff, get your thoughts together and unless you are absolutely certain where you are don't head
I had a friend lose his boat while single
handing just this very same way. He saw the lights of Hilo, decided to come in at night because he was exhausted. He said he went down below to make some tea to keep him awake and the next thing he remembers is bouncing on the rocks. Close to an unfamiliar shore at night is no place to let down your guard.