Day 496 [Feb. 10/10] -- Rude awakening

Today's Report
40°30'S, 74°40'W (Pacific Ocean, 735 nm from Strait of Magellan)

A line used to furl the genoa head sail snapped during the wee hours of the morning, giving Saito-san a bit of excitement as the sail completely opened in 25 kts of wind and 4 meter seas in the 3 am pitch black dark. He was able to get it furled, and proceeded under the staysail.

He made 105 nm under sail in favorable but weakening winds during the 24-hour period, bringing him to within 70 nm of Valdivia, where he will stop to refuel and obtain additional fuel filters, the Rx for the dirty fuel that has plagued him since Punta Arenas.

Distance in last 24 hours: 105 nm
Distance completed: 17,439 nm
To Yokohama: 10,831 nm (distance remaining: 38.3%)
Heading: 015
Reported boat speed: 4.0 kt (day's average: 4.4 kt)
Weather: Overcast with occasional rain
Temperature: 14.5° C
Barometer: 1013 hPa (rising)
Wind (from): Favorable 12-14 kt SSW -- expected to change to 10 kt from SE in 13 hrs
Waves: 2.0 - 3.0 m
Current (from): varies
Engine rpms: 0 hrs
Generator: 8.5 hrs
Sails: Genoa, 80 - 90% open, then staysail

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