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Friday, May 18, 2018

Ocean Navi Team Crosses Molokai Channel

Courtesy of Michael Twigg-Smith, Molokai Channel, Hawaii.

The six-member relay team from Japan crossed the Molokai Channel after starting at 7:19 pm on Wednesday night and finishing at 9:33 am the following morning. During their 14 hour 14 minute crossing, there was no large marine life encountered and very few jellyfish stings were felt.

The Ocean Navi team, led by Masayuki Moriya, were not so lucky with the currents however.

Escort pilot Michael Twigg-Smith reported, "The first current came from the north and pushed us about 3 km south of the rhumb line, lasting about 8 hours. Then, once we got up on the Makapu'u Shelf, another current from the south pushed us very quickly up about 1.5 km north of the rhumb line.

Luckily, there was no current once we got close to the Makapu'u cliff and we were able to land at Alan Davis Beach. There were an awesome team with great attitudes all around

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