Day 20 S/V Kaisei: Full Sail

23 08 2009

Sunday, 23 August 2009
Lat: 39° 18’ N Lon: 139° 29’ W

Aleui's Birthday On Board Kaisei

Aleui's Birthday On Board Kaisei

A beautiful, sunny day with perfect sailing winds allows the crew to set many of Kaisei’s sails and enjoy her fast, graceful sailing ability. As much of our trip has been crisscrossing areas of no wind, which are the typical conditions in the gyre area and the type of weather that is best for our scientific trawls, water sampling and testing of collection devices, it is a pleasure to be sailing with no engine.

Today, everyone has been focusing on writing and compiling data. We anticipate another couple of days of calm, where we will continue our work. Everyone on board understands how precious our days at sea are and wants to be sure we take advantage of this great research opportunity. All hands helped with a full-ship clean up, which included stowing our collected garbage samples.

August 23rd is Aleui Lyman’s 23rd birthday. This is Aleui’s second sail on board Kaisei. She helped to sail the boat from Hawaii to California five years ago. Aleui comes from a great and famous seafaring family; her uncle, Captain David Belden Lyman, was one of the founding board members of Ocean Voyages Institute. He attended the California Maritime Academy and had an illustrious professional maritime career. He and his good friend, Tommy Holmes, were main forces behind the creation of the Hawaii Maritime Museum. Dave believed deeply in sailing and professional seafaring; he was always recruiting young people from Hawaii to go into maritime careers and helped many of them attend the California Maritime Academy (CMA). He provided friendship, counsel, and sometimes financial aid, to many young people attending CMA. To me, Dave was one of my dearest friends and one of the best people I’ve ever known. He supported the sail training and preservation of the maritime arts and sciences programs within Ocean Voyages Institute. He captained the schooner Manutea on a wonderful voyage with young people from Honolulu to San Francisco along with his daughter Danielle and nephew Kaiwi. Dave, if he were still with us, would be 110% behind Project Kaisei; he was a person that believed that an individual can make a difference – and he made a difference in many people’s lives.

Dave’s whole family is a collection of many amazing people; Aleui’s father, Kimo, followed his older brother’s footsteps in being a great sailor and captain. He has learned Polynesian navigation from Mau Pilau, and sailed many times on board Hokulea. Aleui’s aunt, Marion, is an award-winning paddler and has taught paddling to hundreds of young people. She has recently written a children’s book, “The Story of the Upside Down Canoe.” Her uncle, Art, is another fabulous sailor and physicist. Her uncle, Danny, is a surfer (as are Marion, Kimo, Aleui and many other Lymans) and actor. A favorite Lyman family photo showed four generations of Lymans out together on surfboards, starting with Molly (Aleui’s grandmother), her son Danny, his son Aka, and his grandson, Makana. It’s amazing, four generations surfing together.

Aleui gave a nice talk about her life and afterward I gave a talk about the Lyman family; particularly Dave Lyman, who certainly deserves a tribute for all he has done for the oceans. He is someone I think of very much, when I am at sea.

Kepa Lyman (Aleui’s older brother) is another great sailor, surfer, and avid ocean advocate. Kepa has two master degrees, one in underwater archeology and one in maritime history. He and his mother Victoria have been also working hard on starting the ‘Friends of Kaena Colaliton’ which protects Oahu’s most Northwestern Point. This area is a natural reserve home to nesting Laysan albratross and Shearwaters along with many different kinds of native Hawaiian coastal plants.

Perhaps, I will need to write a book about the Lyman family, as I have not even begun to mention all of this amazing clan – all of whom I value as my Hawaiian family.

– Mary T.Crowley




4 responses

24 08 2009

please do write a book! it sounds so interesting! ‘id lo love to know more about this sea-faring family. (my father was a yacht designer and sailsman). nice to hear you can sail without motor. envy you!

26 08 2009
norman piianaia

e aleui – hauoli la hanau … your uncle dave would be proud of you.

and mary — what a surprise to find all of you out there via the net. bob buell sent me the link and i’m in the process of reading your posts. of course he included mike mociun as well since we’ve all passed through that area of the pacific over our years of sailing/steaming. my first pass through under sail was in 1966 with dave and don dalziel aboard rowena. we sat in the middle of the high and collected glass balls which you could see floating everywhere. i don’t imagine there are many glass balls left. probably more plastic ones. what i did notice over the years, and as you know there have been many, that the little bits and pieces which aren’t as noticeable except on those calm and glassy days are just everywhere. you think the ocean looks so vast and clean — until you get up close and personal…what a dump we’ve turned it into. of course the landlubbers are probably not as attentive as the sailing world is and it takes pretty dramatic evidence to get their attention.

i’m not too sure this is the time to yak about this – but lets keep in touch so i can keep up with your doings…

me ke aloha,

and yes — write that story about capt lyman…i know lots who will fill your pages with wonderful tales……..

26 08 2009
norman piianaia

oh — btw its mau piailug — i’m sure aleui will explain that pilau is not a nice word.

27 08 2009
Papa Piianaia

Oh, to be 23 years old again…an older sailor’s wish but just a wonderful memory of the beginning of my life at CMA with Kawika and Scotty. Likewise, Hauoli La Hanau to Aleui!

And to you Mary, the best of health and may your Garbage Patch undertaking be fruitful. It is simply amazing to see the tons of fishing crap that are recovered in the Pacific waters around our Islands. And, this comes from commercial fishing boats.

Hope you do get to write about the legendary friend of ours. We do miss him.

Regards to KL and VL and a big hug to you – Gordon Piianaia

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