Day 542 [March 28/10] -- Best day under sail

Today's Report
35°03'S, 75°14'W (Pacific Ocean, 299 nm from Valdivia)

The seas are a bit higher as he heads further off coast, urged along by near-ideal sailing conditions. He was powered the entire period by a 1-pt reefed main and 30% genoa, making 151 nm -- the best DMG of the voyage under sails only.

He's wishing for winds more from the southwest so he can stay nearer the relatively flatter waters of the coast. But he's also well out of ship traffic, saying he has seen no ships at all, since the shipping routes are closer to land.

About 150 nm off his port side he will pass Robinson Crusoe Island and Isla Santa Clara sometime tomorrow. To his starboard side he will also be abreast of the coastal city of Valparaiso and Chile's capital city, Santiago.

According to Wikipedia, Robinson Crusoe Island was hit by a 5-meter tsunami after the 8.8 earthquake on Feb. 27, resulting in the death of five islanders. Much of the island village of San Juan Batista was destroyed by the tsunami.

The island is famed for the book by Daniel Defoe, and was named in 1966 for the character in the adventure classic. An actual person was marooned there in 1704 for four years after the crewman complained that he did not trust the vessel's sea-worthiness. The captain left him there with scant provisions and a Bible.

Distance in last 24 hours: 151 nm (best DMG of voyage under sail)
Distance completed: 17,799 nm
To Yokohama: 10,471 nm (distance remaining: 37.0%)
Heading: 345
Reported boat speed: 7.0 kt (day's average: 6.3 kt)
Weather: Overcast 
Temperature: 16.0° C
Barometer: 1014 hPa (falling)
Wind (from): Favorable 18-24 kt SSW -- expected to be 23 kt S next 18 hrs
Waves: 2.0 - 3.0 m
Current (from): 0.25 kt S
Engine rpms: 0 hrs 
Generator: 7.0 hrs
Sails: Genoa 30% open, mainsail 1-pt reef (sailing only)

Position Map (click to enlarge)