Day 387 [Oct. 25/09] -- Happy to be back on the water

Position (0800 JST)
52° 24'S, 68°55'W -- Inland Sea, approaching Atlantic Ocean
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Distance completed to Yokohama finish: 65.7%

Heading: 050

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)

Yokohama ETA: 86 days (based on 100 nm/day ave. boat speed)

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)


Main: 0%

Staysail: 0%

Genoa: 0%

Today's Report

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.

Forecast [Atlantic Ocean]
Forecast [Cape Horn]
Barometric chart [click to enlarge]
Winds [Atlantic Ocean]
Winds [Cape Horn]
Waves [Atlantic Ocean]
Waves [Cape Horn]