Maui, Hawaii 2007 Tuesday
August 21st

Paragon II Sail and Snorkle

This would be our last day in Maui, and since we can't dive 24 hours before flying, we had decided to snorkle and sail. We had made a reservation with Paragon Sailing Charters for this trip. We checked in at 7:15 AM at slip #72, Maalaea Harbor, in Kula. We brought our own snorkle gear and towels and were ready for a fun day on the Paragon. This is a performance catamaran and can really move through the water. It was built in 1993, is 47 feet long, and has a 24 foot beam. There were about 38 passengers on our tour, a captain and two crew to man the sails and wait on us.

We were served a continental breakfast during the sail over to Molokini. It was a slow smooth sail.

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Snorkeling was very nice. We snorkeled the crater for about an hour, and then went back to the boat for a gormet/deli lunch, complete with beer, wine, soda, whatever we wanted.

Only 7 minutes to sailing time, so Ginny jumped back in the water for a little swim, and cool off.

Sailing back to Maalaea Harbor the afternoon trade winds provide the backdrop as Paragon reaches speeds in excess of 20 knots! We were really moving, and in these pictures you can see how the wind really creates whitecaps and lots of spray.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp

We decided to head back to Lahaina for our last Maui dinner. We went to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, and sat by the windows right on the water. We watched a cruise ship depart and saw a number of sail boats sitting in the bay. Ginny started with a Medal Margarita (very large and complete with shaker), and Ellis had a Speckled Lemonade. Dinner consisted of the Shrimpers Heaven (four different kinds of shrimp), and BBQ Ribs. We split Strawberry Shortcake for dessert. It was a great meal.

We watched the sun melt into the ocean from Front Street after dinner.

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