Distance completed to Yokohama finish: 65.7%
Boat speed: 7.0-8.0 kt (7-day average: -- kt)
Distance in last 15 hours: 90 nm
Distance made good: 16,400 nm (30,372 km)
Distance remaining to Yokohama: 8,570 nm
Yokohama to Yokohama (24,970 nm)
Weather: Clear to partly cloudy, windy
Barometer: 995 hPa
Waves: 1.5-2.0 m
Wind (from): 22-25 kt SW
Current (from): -- kt [not reported]
Engine: 3.0 hr @ 1500 rpm + 12.0 hr @ 2200 rpm (132 L)
Generator: 0.0 hr (0 L)
Motoring well under clear to partly cloudy skies with favorable winds in mid-20s, in Inland Sea on 1.5-2.0 meter swells. Expected to enter Atlantic Ocean in 2 hours, where conditions are moderate. Will unfurl staysail at that point, once clear of Inland Sea ship traffic.
A warm front approx. 150 nm to his NW is approaching and should reach the area within 36-40 hrs.
Saito-san reports "no problems" and is very happy to be back under way.
Added Comment [Mike Seymour, Saito 8 Safety Officer, 0600 JST]
A very "genki-so na" Saito-san called at 6AM with the following:
Position: 52 degrees 22 minutes South / 69 degrees 21 minutes West
Approximately 30 nm from Atlantic ocean, just East of Punta Delgada.
He expects to reach the Atlantic in 4 - 5 hours.
Winds from the SW at 25 to 28 knots. Seas are flat.
Boat speed is 7 knots running on the engine only (2500 rpm), no main.
He was happy to report no problems with NBSDIII. He sounded very happy.
Guess he's back in his element.