Aloha from the Waikiki Yacht Club.
Aurelia pulled into the dock here in Honolulu at 6:30 p.m. local time last night, after a 22-and-a-half-day passage from San Diego. This was 8 days faster than the last voyage 15 years ago owing to quite unusual weather patterns, more global climate change mythology at work, no doubt.
It will take a few days to clean Aurelia up and get her packed for shipping back to San Diego; a few more months for me to put this adventure into perspective.
I’ll be back at my desk June 18.
Although this has been ostensibly a solo endeavor, hundreds of people working over many years have made this voyage possible: the original designers and builders of Aurelia, who made such a stout vessel; dozens of technical experts, who helped with boat systems and passage strategies; the good people at SLACK/OSN and our founding corporate donor to the Hawaiian Eye foundation, Compulink, both of whom stepped in at the outset of planning nearly 2 years ago.
On behalf of the Hawaiian Eye Foundation, thanks beyond measure to clients and others who have helped to make this fundraising event for the foundation a tangible success.
And finally, to my family, one giant hug for their support and assistance along the way.
John’s voyage is meant to raise awareness of the similar “expedition” surgeons undertake when converting to electronic health records and will also support the work of the Hawaiian Eye Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation’s work, and make a donation supporting their eye care and surgical training services throughout the Pacific, please click on www.hawaiianeyefoundation.org.
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