After 20 days at sea, MONGO anchored in Hilo's Radio Bay. Absolutely awesome first passage of this journey and fully stoked on where we made landfall. Full 360-degree protection, ultra flat water and a really big, beautiful wild island to explore. Not upset about this.
MONGO rounded the breakwater, turned upwind and sailed across Hilo’s inner harbor under sunny blue skies with the world’s largest mountain; Mount Mauna Kea watching over us. Powered up on a port tack will full main and working jib, MONGO rocked up into Hilo with authority. Blasting by a big, anchored cruising catamaran flying a German flag, we threw in two quick tacks around a commercial pier and then sailed into the 360-degree protection of Radio Bay. Keeping a safe distance to windward from one of the two Hawaiian sailing canoes moored out in the tiny man-made anchorage, MONGO’s jib was doused, anchor dropped and then backed down on with the mainsail. The boat stopped moving. Using palm fronds rustling in the wind and a nearby Polynesian sailing craft as a reference, I confirmed that the anchor had set. I doused the main. We had made it. The picture-perfect final approach into Hilo’s Radio Bay was indicative of the entire passage.
An early season engineless passage from So Cal to Hawaii is a bit of a dice roll, but MONGO was blessed by the gods. 20 days, very few issues and consistent, mostly mellow conditions