We just made landfall yesterday on May 24th in Hilo. Left Frailes (near Cabo) and the 2800nm took us 22 days and change. We had wind the whole trip as we made sure to round Cabo when it was blowing on the outside of the Baja
so as a result we only put about 6 hours on the motor
. We had 8-10 foot seas with 2 swell directions the whole way making for a bumpy ride. We took several good waves over the deck
(always at night, go figure). 2/3rds of the trip we had 20-30 knots of wind as a result of the pacific high meeting the trades and accelerating them and 100% cloud cover. Autopilot
couldn't handle the conditions so the wind vane
was a real life saver. Last time I sailed from California
to Hawaii was much more pleasant, I'm guessing because you sail along the edge of the high instead of where the high meets the trades, although it could be we just got unlucky with the weather.
On the positive side we never saw anything over 35 knots and when we saw that it was during short lived 10 minute squalls.
This definitely was NOT a milk run. It was too rough to do any real cooking
, or relaxing. Hell, we arrived with just about as much beer
as we left with which is never a good sign.
It's good to be in Hawaii and we're enjoying eating ourselves silly to regain the weight we lost