Hawaii Yacht Club



Meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month- Lower Galley | Hawaii Yacht Club
Brunches are held in the Galley by the Sea on the third Sunday of the month, 9 a.m. – noon
Be sure to check our calendar for updates/changes

HYC Cruising and Voyaging Society was formed in 2006 to encourage the discovery of the relaxing, healthy and sometimes exciting aspects of cruising.  We gather as a group to share experiences and make new ones.  As a society we promote good seamanship and environmental consciousness.  Whether making a family day trip to a nearby anchorage, a fishing adventure or a long distance voyage, Lets do it!

June 2019

Aloha Members,

Fleet Captain (Cruisers) – Thomas Gebhardt

The HYC Cruising and Voyaging had its 14th Anniversary party in the upper galley of the club on April 28, with cruisers and friends gathering for our annual party. The cruisers had live music and a variety of food, and enjoyed a nice evening of merriment. Thanks to all that participated in the fun; it is always better when you are here with us.

On May 7, we had our monthly meeting and presentation in the lower galley. We had as our featured speaker Sam Brecher, who sailed his small 30 foot boat over with his friend A.H. After several days into the voyage, they lost the lost auto pilot and resorted to heaving-to every night as they made a slow crossing of 48 days.  Well done to Sam for giving us a fun and entertaining presentation of the crossing’s victories and tribulations. Sam is now staying at the club and planning his next adventure.

Our Sunday brunch was held on the third Sunday (May 19), and we discussed our upcoming trip to Pokai Bay on the Waianae coast.  At the time of writing, we are planning for 10-12 crew members to go out on four boats for Memorial Day weekend, and it looks like it will be a great weekend as the weather seems to be cooperating!  More details to follow in next month’s bulletin.

Our next meeting and presentation will be on June 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower galley, with a presentation by Brian and Mizzy Black.  

Fair Winds and following seas,

Tom Gebhardt

HYC Staff Commodore

Cruising and Voyaging Society


December 2018

Greetings HYC Members,

Our meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 6, was a great hit at the club. HYC Staff Commodore Tony Miller and Lyn Silva gave a very interesting and informative presentation about their trip aboard S/V Ikaika sailingaround the Washington state coast.

Tony and Lyn had some interesting times, and a few tense moments, due to mechanical issues, weather, wind and motoring. They also got to enjoy tranquil bays and waterways as they transited beautiful and serene bays, stopping at local marinas and meeting new friends along the way. We thank them for sharing about their great trip with us.

Tom Sullivan also gave a short talk about his trip aboard the USCG training tall ship Eagle. It was also a very good presentation. Tom is very knowledgeable about the training ship Eagle and its rich history;he had spent time aboard the Eagle as a younger man and then returned as a senior crewman. The funniest parts of Tom’s talk revolved around former HYC Staff Commodore Frank Lange, who was alsoaboard the Eagle for both of Tom’s trips.

Thanks to all involved and to all the people who provided the pot luck, which included a full turkey dinner and all the fixings. It was a great night. I hope you did not miss that meeting… but you’re welcome to come join in our next meeting. We always try to have something of interest regarding cruising. If you (or someone you know) have a cruising adventure to share, please contact us via phone or text: 389-6747 or 232-1338

Last month, the authors of the “Cruising Guide to the Hawaiian Islands”, Carolyn and Bob Mehaffy, called on the Cruising and Voyaging Society. You can place orders for the updated 3rd edition of their book by phone or email oronline:

Paradise Cay Publications: 707-822-9063/ 1-800-736-4509

orders@paracay.com www.paracay.com

Mention HYC membership and get 45% off the cover price (net price $27.67 plus shipping $6.55)!
Bulk orders preferred!

Our next regular meeting is Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower galley. Our next Sunday Brunch is coming up on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. at the upper galley. Please come out to support our group, our club, and our galley. All are welcome!

Fair Winds and Following Seas.

Tom Gebhardt
Fleet Captain HYC C&VS HYC Staff Commodore

November 2018

At last month’s Presentation & Potluck gathering, James Purvis shared with us pictures and cruise adventures from the Labor Day weekend trip to Kaunakakai, Molokai.  Taking part in the cruise were Captain Jeff Naus with crew Patty Naus, Leslie Moore, Mark Rachel and James and Marybeth Purvis aboard Moon Shadow III, and Captain Tom Gebhardt and crew George Dandy aboard Giant Turtle.  It took about eight hours for Moon Shadow to make the Molokai Channel crossing, arriving in Kaunakakai Harbor just before sunset.  Along the way, James caught a mahi mahi, which made for some great eating the next day.  Tom and George arrived just after nightfall, as Giant Turtle lost engine power; Tom had to navigate masterfully into the harbor solely on wind power, and had just enough engine power to tie up to Moon Shadow slowly.  As always, it was a little rough on the ride over from Oahu, but following seas and wind made the trip home more enjoyable.  On the return sail, we were joined by the Lahaina Return racers whose colorful spinnakers were a sight to behold.  Mahalo James for your presentation and for those who joined us for the evening.

Welcome back to Barb and Bill Beadle.  We certainly are looking forward to hearing about your adventures on the mainland.

 A big Mahalo to all who joined our monthly Sunday Brunch at our new galley.  Having brunch at the yacht club on a Sunday morning with friends and enjoying the gorgeous view is a great way to start the week.  

Please join us at our next Presentation & Potluck meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., downstairs at the club, and for our Sunday Brunch on Nov. 18, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. upstairs at the galley.  You will not be disappointed!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone next time, and we wish you a beautiful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Happy Cruising,

Marybeth Purvis 

Tom Gebhardt and George Gandy

Patty and Jeff Naus



October 2018

Greetings! At our Presentation and Potluck meeting on Sept. 1, Bill DeRego shared with us his sailing adventure of winning the Kauai Channel Race. I was able to talk Bill into writing the following article about the race: 

The Fourth Time is the Charm – by Bill DeRego 

On Aug. 7 at 0700 Kamahele started the Kauai Channel Race. It was our fourth attempt at the race and the big goal was to finish before sunset. The crew met at Makani Kai Marina at 0500 to get underway by 0545. That day we had a five person crew consisting of skipper/owner Bill DeRego; tactician Dan Williams; and crew Richard Denton, Todd Rasmussen, and Pete Porter. We are all members of HYC Cruising and Voyaging Society, except Dan. While motoring out to the start line near Chinaman’s Hat, Bill, Dan and Rick mulled over several wind forecast websites. The winds were forecasted to be light after the passing of hurricane Guillermo. We decided to stay to the North of the race rhomb line as it looked like the winds would fill in from the North. Just as the start gun went off, we immediately hoisted our symmetrical chute and we were on our way. Kamahele, a 1979 Morgan 382, sailed well. We were keeping up with the other racers as well as could be expected from a cruising tank. About five hours into the race, the starboard clew on the spinnaker pole ripped and the chute began to flog in the breeze. It took us about fifteen minutes to drop the chute, change the sheets for the asymmetrical chute and hoist it. By the time we were back on course, we lost sight of most of the competitors. Winds were light and variable from 6-12 knots. We were getting ETAs at Nawiliwili from 0230-0830 on the chart plotter. So much for finishing by dusk! About two hours after hoisting the asymmetrical chute, the halyard holding it up broke and we had a spinnaker in the water. The chute passed down the port side of Kamahele. We retrieved it and hoisted it immediately with the second spinnaker halyard. Our luck was not changing, however; two hours later, the tack line for the chute chafed and broke. We dropped the asymmetrical, set up the sails wing on wing with the 150% jib, then headed directly for Nawiliwili Harbor. During this time, the tack line for the asymmetrical was repaired, but we did not put it up because we were pretty tired from steering the vessel. There were big following swells from Guillermo and the Morgan 382 tends to broach easily when surfing, so the helmsman gets a workout. About 1800, Dan noticed a spinnaker behind us. Until now, we thought we were way behind with an ETA of near 2300. Around 1900, we started to hear very fast boats calling in one hour out of Nawiliwili on the radio. We began to look around, and noticed about five to six sails scattered on the horizon. Dan announced, “We are still racing.” 

Up went the asymmetrical spinnaker just as night fell and we raced for the next two and half hours without being able to see the following sea, and with the chute collapsing many times. I thought of the rig and how much stress we were putting on it. We were the last vessel to cross the finish line at 2223. After getting to the club house and seeing the finish times of all the racers (1930-2223), I told the crew that we had a chance of winning on corrected time. As it turned out, we did win the race on corrected time. 

Mahalo, Bill for sharing and for never giving up! 

We also collected donations for our new TV – thanks to all for your contributions. 

At our well-attended brunch meeting on Sunday, Sept. 20, it was suggested that the CVS consider sponsoring an Alai Wai marina clean-up. Our Vice-Commodore, Steve Dixon, volunteered for the Waikiki Yacht’s cleanup on Sept. 19, and said that it is a great way to give back to our community. 

On a final, personal note, James and I moved our vessel, Escapade, to our new slip (three down from our previous location). After brunch, with the help of an international team consisting of Michiaki (from Japan); Josiah; Patrice (from Lichtenstein); and Kawika, we made the successful transition. Thanks to all of you for your help – it is always more difficult to move a boat than you think it is going to be to and it was way less anxiety for me with all the great help! 

By the way, new member Michiaki Koga will be our presenter in November, and will tell us about his single-handed voyage from Japan. 

Please remember our next meeting dates: CVS Presentation and Potluck on Oct. 6 at 6.30 p.m, and Sunday Brunch on Oct. 18 at 9.30 a.m. See you there! 

As always, safe passage!