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Old 06-03-2008, 11:32   #1
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A Great Sail!

This last Sunday I was invited to Kailua-Kona for a sail aboard a Corsair 31 trimaran. This boat is kept on a trailer at the Kona Sailing Club and it was new to the owners. My friend was along to help them sort things out and I was a tag along. Launching and recovering using the fold out amas was much easier than I thought it would be.
The day was beautiful, sunny with about 8 to 10 knots of wind. We had no trouble doing 6 knots on every point of sail with eight of us onboard. What a performer!! Saw two humpback whales in the distance. Generally a great sail with a fun crew.
Yesterday I took my little dinghy 11'6" LOD and 13'4" LOA down to the beach and launched into Hilo Bay. The winds were to 12 with some higher gusts. Again, a sunny day with a few clouds. I have spent the last 3 weeks and two days rerigging, building a kickup rudder and patching port and starboard toerail damage. I rerigged to accept Flying Junior sails. I truly did not know how she was going to perform. Other club members were out in a real Flying Junior. I out performed them to weather but only because there were two of them in their boat and I was by myself.
In the 12k and higher gusts she was overpowered but balanced pretty well. I was nearly always on the verge of capsize unless I scandalized the main. If I had had reef points I would have used them. A great sail but didn't see any whales. Probably a good thing since I wouldn't have time to look at them. After two and a half hours of sailing I was ready to take a break. Really satisfying to put together a boat that works so well.
Isn't sailing a real joy?
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:45   #2
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Watching those Corsairs on S.F. Bay are a thrill. They would be a great short cruise boat, and a FANTASTIC daysailor.

On another note I someday wish to sail the Big Island. I was there once, and it is BEAUTIFUL. My Greatgrandfather was a healer at the Parker Ranch about 1900. Somewhere I probably have a bunch of family living in, and around Kona.
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Old 07-03-2008, 15:16   #3
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Aloha Imagine,
There definitely will be some relatives of yours here. Kamuela, Waimea, Honoka'a, Kawaihae and Hawi are much closer to Parker Ranch than Kailua-Kona and have more old Hawaiian Cowboy influence.
It'd be good to have you sail the island. It is a bit rough in the channels and around South Point though.
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Old 07-03-2008, 15:25   #4
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We had no trouble doing 6 knots on every point of sail with eight of us onboard.
We have one near us and they love to go out when it's really blowing. We go out 18 gusting to 25 knots in our boat doing a nice 6 knots and feeling all fine only to see this boat scream by doing 20 or better. Leaves the water on occasion too with only two aboard.

I could love daysailing with one of those.
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SkiprJohn,

The family last name would be Gaspar, or Gasper.....just in case you know any.

My eventual plan is to return home to the S.F. Bay Area, and make Hawaii a stop along the way from Panama.
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Old 07-03-2008, 18:46   #6
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Hi Imagine,
There are 16 by that name in the phone directory on an island of 160,000 population. Might be a few unlisted as well. I don't know any personally but I don't live up in that area either.
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Old 07-03-2008, 19:23   #7
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Aaarrrghhh...It was 10 below last night. You lucky Dog.
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Aloha Steve,
83 here the last few days. Sunny, breezy. I just can't take it. Cold beer helps though. Kind Regards,
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John.....

That's it just throw salt onto an open wound.....OUCH.......LOLOLOLOL
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