SO excited to finally find the owners of Destiny. I sailed on it as crew for a short time in Hawaii
. It is a beauty. Hearst first owned it, then Hughes
, and I am thinking UCLA use it for an experimental marine
vessel before 1977 when I was on it.
I had sailed from San Francisco
to Hilo as working crew on a 42 foot wooden sloop
. There were six of us working 4 hours each two shifts per 24. We did sun sites at noon for location. I cracked a rib
from the telephone pole (so it seemed) we used to steer. It took 17 days and other than a pineapple and pork casserole that ended up boiling into one of my mates faces, we had no problems. I, being an RN, and former burn unit supervisor, had insisted silversulfadiazine, called Sufadine, be purchased for the trip in SF, her face was saved from third degree burns.
On arriving Hilo, I went to the john, drank some freshwater and step aboard a more modern boat that even had a wheel
. lol. I was at the wheel
in Alenuihaha channel,
phonetic and I dont know the correct spelling after all these years, With the boom straight out. got hit by venturi currents and winds and my mate did not have a lifeline on and almost ended up in the drink. I said take this wheel right now.
When we arrived Maui, I was delighted and never wanted to leave. I swam at times into shore in the currents from the anchorage.
I had been there two days when I was invited to crew on the Destiny.
We went to Kona with a wedding party. I sang Annie;s song to the couple, and after a few days we sailed back. By this time I had been sailing for almost a month and was ready for some terra firma. I sailed in Maui out to Lanai and watched an incredible metorite shower
with countable several per minute.
I was 38 yrs old. Sailing to Hawaii
, and crewing
on the Destiny and living in Lahina for 5 months was probably the most enjoyable time of my life