The Honolulu Classic Introduction

Between Jan 1, 1939 and March 15, 1939, Charles Howard Duffy sailed and competed in the Honolulu Classic, which was a race between Long Beach / Los Angeles harbor and Diamond Head, Oahu. The yacht race covered a distance of some 2,225 nautical miles and his boat, the “LADY JO” competed against thirty eight other vessels in the 15th running on this race. C. H. Duffy served on the “LADY JO” as a Ordinary Seaman which is not quite the title one would expect from a Chemical Engineer.

The Journals of Charles H Duffy
The Journals of Charles H Duffy

The following articles and photos are taken from his journals, which he wrote by hand during the race, and later transcribed and edited into a book.

Log of the “LADY JO”

Being a chronicle of events transpiring about the yacht “Lady Jo” en route from San Pedro to and among the Hawaiian Islands and experienced and described by: Charles H. Duffy, O.S.

The Yacht Lady Jo - Outbound from Los Angeles Harbor to Honolulu Jan 1. 1938
The Yacht Lady Jo
Outbound from Los Angeles Harbor to Honolulu Jan 1. 1938


This account is dedicated to one affectionately known as “Rawfish Rosie” aboard the yacht “LADY JO” – The author


It is my original intention to write a complete day-to-day account of everything that happened aboard the yacht “LADY JO” on the trip described herein: but, it is only after one starts to do such a thing that he finds that is not possible, except in isolated instances , to describe the numerous incidents that go to make up the fun ad experiences of the members of the crew. It is possible to do no more than make generalities concerning each day’s activities. Actually, I have even failed to include the notes of my scientific investigation of “Wave Motion of Unbounded Boies of Dilute Aqueous Salt Solution”, of which, I make quite a close, first hand study. However, just as it was written at the time indicated, it is now presented.

Lady Jo Crew
Lady Jo Crew – Sam, Ed, Rose and Duffy, after arrival in Honolulu

Desctription of the Yacht “LADY JO”

  • Length, Overall, 40 feet
  • Length, Waterline, 32 feet
  • Beam, 10 feet 16 inches
  • Draft, 7 feet 6 inches
  • Rig, Staysail Schooner


  • Sam Emmes, Skipper
  • Rose Mary Emmes, Cook
  • Ed Fabian, Navigator
  • Charles Duffy, Ordinary Seaman


  • Departure from San Pedro, Jan. 1, 1939 4:30 P.M.
  • Arrival at Hilo, Jan. 23, 1939, 12:45 P.M.
  • Departure from Hilo, Jan. 30, 1939 11:00 A.M.
  • Arrival at Kahului, Jan. 31, 1939, 2:00 P.M.
  • Departure from Kahului, Feb. 6, 1939 11:30 P.M.
  • Arrival at Honolulu, Feb. 8, 1939, 1:00 A.M.

Journal Entries

San Pedro, California to Hilo, Hawaii

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