Day 393 [Oct. 31/09] -- Two fronts moving in

Position (0800 JST)
54°04'S, 74°38'W -- about 280 nm west of Cape Horn
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Distance completed to Yokohama finish: 66%
Heading: 295
Boat speed: 6.0 kt (7-day average: -- kt)
Weather: Partly cloudy becoming overcast, rain
Barometer: 996 hPa (rising)
Waves: 2.5-3.5 m
Wind (from): 24-28 kt W -- winds beginning to rise
Current (from): 1.0 kt W
Distance in last 24 hours: 142 nm
Engine: 1700 rpm (16 hrs) and 2000 rpm (8 hrs) -- 200 L

Today's Report

A good day of progress with steady but reduced winds and relatively flat seas at 2.5 M. A moderate cold front is beginning to make itself felt, and is expected to last about 20 hrs. It will almost immediately be followed by a second front. Both will bring winds in the high 20s to high 30s, from the WNW and W.

At about noon yesterday Saito-san passed the furthest westward point he reached during his first Cape Horn attempt in April. "I'm making good progress," he reported. Improved boat speed was thanks to use of the fully open staysail, with winds at a close reach mainly steady from the west. The angle to the wind improved yesterday as he began to turn more north.

The lee shore was approx. 30 nm off his starboard side at the time of his morning call. (Saito-san has decided that 15 to 20 nm of sea room "is enough.") On ClearPoint we're seeing waves building to about 4.5 M in his area, with no improvement closer in to the shore.

Both fronts can be expected to have passed within about 48 hours. A third front will follow soon after, although by then he may be north enough to miss the worst of it.

Iridium reception was good. Both 12-hr beacon reports were received normally.

Saito-san will call in his next position at 1400 JST today.

UPDATE -- 1400 POSITION [Click to enlarge]

UPDATE -- 2000 POSITION [Click to enlarge]

Barometric chart + 2 hrs [click to enlarge]

Winds + 7 hrs
Waves + 1 hr