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Travel Blog #161 - Whale Watching Maui on an America's Cup Racing Yacht


Yesterday I looked at the three day forecast and saw that there were glassy conditions predicted until the end of the week. Being that the whales are currently here in record numbers I thought it would be ideal to schedule a whale watching trip. I decided to go on the early trip on the America II that departed at 8:15AM. The America II is a 6 meter sailboat that initially came to Maui as a contestant in the 1987 America's Cup Sailboat Race. I like it for whale watching because it takes small groups. I also like the fact that it is very long and narrow. This makes it easy to find a spot where you can see both sides of the boat. We departed out of Lahaina harbor on our cruise to see what we could see.

As soon as we got out of the harbor we began to spot whales all around us. Within about 15 minutes a pod of whales had come so close to the boat that our captain had to shut down the engines. We all lined up on the rail in awe as a large mother whale and her calf approached the boat. Soon another "escort whale" appeared, they all mulled around boat resting on the glassy surface of the ocean. There was a very slight breeze and when one of the whales got so close to the boat we could smell the mist that came up off the spout when it came to the surface upwind of us. After the whales were done investigating our boat they moved on. At this point the captain decided to hoist the sail and look for some more whales.

America II deck layout

Once we started sailing the deck hand came around the boat passing out snacks, sodas, juices and bottles of water out to the passengers. About fifteen minutes after he was finished we had more whales surface right next to the boat. The Captain took down the sail so we could get a better view of the whales. He told us about how the researchers on the island have been able to track the migrations of the whales using the pattern on the bottom of the whales tails. These patterns are similar to a humans fingerprint, each one is unique. He further explained that the researchers take pictures of the whales tales and submit them to a global database that analyzes the images for matches and then using the times and locations of where the pictures were taken to match the whales migrations...... Quite interesting information.

We continued to sail around watching the whales until we got close to when we needed to get back at which point we took down the sails and motored back towards the harbor. As were motoring back I went up on the bow of the boat to take a few pictures of the Lahaina, when I turned around to go back to my seat I noticed that every single person onboard had a childish grin stretched across their faces. I'd say that it would be safe to say that the Captain of the America II could log this whale watching trip down as a complete success.

Picture of whale next to boat.




Travel Blog - Articles #160 to #169

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