boat delivery to Guam

BY LYNNE HAMMETT

David Lumian — Marina certified sailing instructor, fleet captain of Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and Fairwind Yacht Club commodore — has returned from an exciting voyage with lots of memories to Guam aboard Wave Sanseii.

In November, Lumian was in Honolulu teaching keelboat sailing and cruising to Japanese sailors when he was invited by the new owner of a Hallberg-Rassy 39 to assist in the delivery of the boat from Ko Olina Marina in Hawaii to Apra Harbor, Guam.

The departure of Wave Sanseii — which translates into Third Wave — took place Sunday, January 30th.

The team with Lumian included owner and skipper John J. Takuma, Japan’s number one downwind racer Hideo Sugai, and Minori Shoda, another top Japanese racer.

As the group left Hawaii, it was still working on the language barrier.

David speaks limited Japanese and the trio spoke some English. Communication was, therefore, a challenge.

On the second day of the voyage, Lumian was alone on deck and the boat was under full sail at approximately ten knots.

In less than one minute, they hit a squall, driving winds to more than 40 knots and force 9 sea conditions.

Fortunately, Lumian was on a tether, and managed to summon the trio from below to assist with sail trim.

Within minutes, they had everything under control and were surfing dead downwind at approximately eight knots.

A great way to start the voyage.

Until their arrival in Majuro, Marshall Islands, they saw no signs of human life, although their days were filled with whales, dolphins and lots of sea birds.

Some days, fishing occupied the quiet hours, allowing Lumian the opportunity to compose lyrics to new “sailing songs” from tunes of the Beatles, such as “Yellow Submarine.”

On February 11th, Lumian celebrated his 50th birthday by sharing a package of Chips Ahoy cookies with the crew.

Arrival in Majuro was timed perfectly for the crew to join in the monthly race and hospitality at the Miayko Beach Yacht Club. This yacht club is comprised of about 40 international business men who socialize regularly and race once a month.

The yacht club also has a program for at-risk youths, who are instructed in the skills of sailing in dugout canoes with sails.

While in Majuro, the boat was reprovisioned for the next leg of the journey, which would last approximately nine days and cover 1,800 nautical miles.

During this leg, the boat and crew would experience average 15-to-25-knot wind with ten-to-15-foot quartering seas.

During the voyage, Lumian became the master of keeping the machinery working, as a lot of the electronics and equipment on board had operation and repair manuals written in English and the crew had a limited understanding of English.

Four thousand nautical miles and 23 days later, the team arrived in Guam and was escorted into Apra Harbor.

Landfall on Guam came Friday, February 25th, and the beautiful Marianas Yacht Club welcomed them.

The arrival took place as the sun was beginning to set and the female commodore admonished them, “Do not come in the harbor after dark.” They heeded her words.

They immediately pulled things together and were ready to meet the skiff that came to guide them through a maze of obstacles in the beautiful Apra Harbor.

Following the instructions of the skiff driver, they settled into the assigned mooring and were preparing to visit the welcoming yacht club when they realized that the tide was going out quickly and they were hard aground.

This required a mooring reassignment, return of the skiff driver and hoisting of the genoa to sail off the current mooring and on to a more appropriate location.

The Marianas Yacht Club is the only yacht club on Guam. This club was built and paid for by a group of seven Japanese yacht clubs, as Guam is in their cruising range and the location provides ambiance for their voyages.

On Monday, February 28th, David bid farewell to his new-found friends and spent several days in Pohnpei, Federated State of Micronesia before returning to Los Angeles Thursday, March 3rd.

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