Bela Bartok safely tied up at Waikiki Yacht Club in Honolulu. Photo credit- Rick and PJ Value
As of 2200 local time on July 19, s/v Bela Bartok is safely tied up in port. Ruben and I left from Maui on a 22-foot fishing boat at 0445 in the morning and met up with Bela around 0630. It wasn't what I would call easy, but everything went smoothy and Ruben and I made a good transfer of two crew and all provisions and equipment. Once securing the boat, we gybed over to starboard and pretty much stayed there for 80 miles to Diamond Head buoy and eventually the entrance to the Ala Wai Harbor. We started out with main and jib and eventually flew a main and twin jibs with one jib poled out. Bela was quite different from our Moore 24's, and a bit of a challenge really, but she did okay. We had a rope wrapped in our prop and therefore never even tried to turn over the diesel. A member from Waikiki Yacht Club met us out side of the harbor entrance and towed us in. We had a great reception from HYC and WYC and tied the boat up at WYC and stepped off. The thing is a biohazard from Derk's infection, so we got off as soon as we could and got cleaned up and changed clothes. It was a long couple days for Ruben and I, and was very tiring but we're both very happy and grateful to have the boat in port safely. Mission accomplished! I will be writing a full article for Sailing Anarchy and will post up some video as well. Stay tuned! Working on my full recap of SH Transpac right now and then video.