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The Honolulu Advertiser
Updated at 8:32 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hokulea drenched on first night of return trip

Advertiser Staff

Hokulea's crew reports all is well, although very wet, after the first day of the voyaging canoe's sail from Palmyra Atoll to Honolulu, according to today's morning report from the escort boat Kama Hele.

"In general, the evening passed rather free of any real pilikia, but the weather has turned cool, rainy typically doldremic state," the report said. "Just after last night's sunset report the seas appeared to be getting milder. However, as the evening progressed the weather turned sour.

"At 2230 hours, we sustained about a 15 minute deluge with 30 knot winds, with heavy rain and were taking green water over the bow. At that time, Hokulea requested a reduction in speed and a small course change to limit vessel diving into the oncoming swells. At 2340 hours, we received another front, which soaked everything with high winds and pelting rain. This also lasted 15 minutes. By 0030 hours, the midnight watch reported some lightning for about 30 minutes."

The report concludes: "No reason to be alarmed, all is well, looking forward to another lovely day at sea."