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On Sunday evening (Aug 31), Elizabeth and I sailed into the sunset. LiteraKaanapali Beachlly. We went on our first-ever catamaran sunset sailing off the coast of Kaanapali in Maui (right).

When the sun finally set, we were somewhere right in the middle of the channel that runs between Maui, Lanai and Molokai islands.  So it was a “three-island end of summer sunset between two fishing poles”.  🙂 With the fourth one – Maui – behind us.

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Just before one of the most beautiful sunsets we have ever seen, a large school of spinner dolphins showed up. They guided our catamaran like the pilot fish. I made a short video of that which I will post later.


Anyway, this is just a quick preview. A full story to come in due course.

Happy Labor Day!

And now with that as a preamble and quick preview, here’s a play-by-play of what actually happened…

Beach Launch: Boarding in Relatively High Surf

The surf was pretty high this evening.  It was the remnants of the former Hurricane Marie washing up on southern and eastern shores of the Hawaiian islands.  So the crew of Queen’s Treasure, the catamaran on which we were to sail, moved the launch site a few hundred yards farther south down the Kaanapali Beach.

We had sailed on Queen’s Treasure before. So we recognized the crew.  The last time, seven months ago, it was a normal launch for an afternoon sailing.

So we cooled our heels on the beach for a while until they brought the boat into position.

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Boarding was not as bad as the crew made it seem.  I actually sauntered on, and even made time to take a picture of Elizabeth boarding before me. The other two shots were taken aboard.

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And then we were off…

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No sooner did we head out to sea, a boat pulling a parasailer drove by. I had to do a double-tal to realize it was actually a tandem. 🙂

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And then we sailed off toward the sunset, with Elizabeth pointing the way… 🙂

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I then shot a short video.  It included a “cheers, mate!” picture of Elizabeth, toasting everyone in jest.  I handed her the camera. She remained seated, as if anchored to her seat and her drink.

So I had to move. Lest the video be just like a still shot. 🙂

That’s what I am laughing and joking about.  I was like a planet orbiting around the sun – Elizabeth. 🙂

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A few minutes later, we came upon a large school of dolphins. Everybody shifted toward the bow to take pictures and have a better view.

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The Real Sunset Show

And then the real sunset show began. No narration is necessary. The pictures tell the tale. Just pay attention to the time stamp on each photo…

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And then the show was over. It was 6:57:50 PM.


Our sailing back to Kaanapali was uneventful.  And so was the disembarkation back on the same spot on the beach.

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Nobody slipped.  Nobody fell.  Nobody got really soaked. Nobody even screamed.  It was a perfect end of summer sunset sail.

We drove on back home to the Rainbow Shower tired but fulfilled.

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And now, here’s a video about our End of Summer Sunset Sail, set to my own music – “Chariots of Fire” and “Gnossienne #1″…

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