Honolulu Sailing Co. was established in 1974 by Mike Michelwait, with the purchase of a fine clipper 21 Sailboat which was used for lessons. Eventually the swing keel clipper went in favor of the stiffer keeled cal 20s, Cal 25, Cal 2-30 and even a Yamaha 25 which we used both for lessons and a small sailing club. In the late 70ís a Cal 40 and Westsail 43 were added to the fleet which now made more comfortable inter-island sailing a reality. For nine years we ran a successful sailing instruction program at the University of Hawaii College of Continuing Education where we held classes from beginning to advanced inter-island sailing, piloting and celestial navigation as well.
Due to changes in Harbor management policies and the building of a new hotel we lost the classroom space for the navigation courses and the needed dockspace to operate a number of smaller boats so a shift was made to go into a new era of sailing with the addition in the late 80ís of a Hunter 54 and later in the 90s a Beneteau 50, and in 2002 a new Beneteau First 42.7. We have expanded our operation from just a sailing school to a full service charter company as well.
We charter a large fleet of both sailboats that are company owned as well as contractual agreements with owners of other fine yachts both sail and power. We still have our hands in smaller sailboats such as Cal 20s for beginning sailing courses.
We are located at Kewalo Marina, about 1.5 miles from Waikiki.
We keep the boats and that we are on "A" dock, the first short dock you can walk out on the Ala Moana Blvd side of the harbor facing Ala Moana Park.
As sailors who love to travel, we get away to other parts of the world and bareboat charter with different companies which helps us improve our own business model here at home to bring you the same kind of charter experience you have grown to expect from the larger companies that operate throughout the world.