One Man's Solo Sail from SF to Hanalei

Currently en route, sailors and desk-bound adventurers can follow AJ Goldman across the Pacific via Facebook, Google Earth

One Man's Solo Sail from SF to Hanalei

The fine folks at Mac 24/7—the late night eatery known for their gigantic pancakes and retro-chic diner decor—have sponsored AJ Goldman’s solo sail across 2,120 miles of Pacific Ocean. The Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race, which launched last week, ends in Hanalei Harbor, on Kauai.

Goldman, who is communicating through a live web feed on board his 36-foot sailboat, named Second Verse, is uploading photographs and commentary during his solo journey to a special web site created by Mac 24/7, while his location is being tracked via Google Maps.  

The eatery prepared custom meals for Goldman to consume during his journey, which include white cheddar macaroni and cheese with green peas, chili with beans and rice, beef tips with mushroom sauce and potatoes. Goldman’s sail is emblazoned with the Mac 24/7 logo, and he will conduct promotional efforts on behalf of the restaurant throughout the coming year.

This adventure began with a launch from the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, California, just north of San Francisco, on June 19th. Goldman’s vessel was blessed in a Hawaiian ceremony the day prior.

A little digging found that Goldman, who has never been to Hawai`i, is a high school math teacher (and head of the Math Department, actually) in Hillsborough, Calif. He’s also never sailed across the Pacific on his own. He does so on this jaunt at the helm of a Cascade 36 yacht, outfitted with Nobletec, Chartplotter, a pair of GPS units, and VHF radio for communication. He has an Iridium satellite phone which allows him to connect, albeit slowly, to the internet.

This is the 32nd year of the race, which received 18 entrants from around the globe this year. Each is required to solo sail a vessel between 20 and 60 feet from Tiburon to Hanalei with no outside navigational assistance.

For more information, or to follow AJ’s journey, visit http://mac247waikiki.com/sailing/ on Facebook: http://is.gd/cGtNw

He’s also never sailed across the Pacific on his own. He does so on this jaunt at the helm of a Cascade 36 yacht...