Day 558 [April 13/10] -- Weaker winds as the Equator and Galápagos Islands near

Today's Report
April 13/10 0800 JST

06°52'S, 83°51'W (South Pacific Ocean, 2,058 nm from Valdivia)

Winds are weaker as he grows closer to the Equator, now just 400 nm to the NW. He resorted to engine power for half of the day and was able to go just 109 nm.

The next major point of interest coming up in about 3 1/2 days are the Galápagos Islands of marine iguana, red footed booby, and Charles Darwin fame. We'll have more on them in the next several days.

Interestingly, the Galápagos, which straddle the Equator, are almost precisely 20,000 nm from Yokohama.

Distance in last 24 hours: 109 nm
Distance completed: 19,644 nm
To Yokohama: 8,655 nm (distance remaining: 30.9%)
Heading: 335
Reported boat speed: 6.8 kt, motoring (day's average: 4.5 kt)
Weather: Overcast
Temperature: 25.5° C
Barometer: 1007 hPa (steady)
Wind (from): Weak at 4-6 kt SSE -- expected to increase to 9-13 kts mostly out of ESE, diminishing to 9 ESE in 19 hrs
Waves: 1.0 m
Current (from): variable
Engine rpms: 13 hrs, 1800 rpm; 0.25 hr 2300 rpm
Generator: 4.0 hrs
Sails: Genoa 0%, staysail 0%, mainsail 1-pt reef

Position Map (click to enlarge)