May 31/10 0800 JST / 1600 local
10°41'N, 118°43'W (North Pacific Ocean)
"Pretty good -- not bad," was Saito-san's assessment today, after he was lifted 136 nm -- 123 of those toward Hawaii -- during the period. Winds were 15 to as much as 24 kts mainly from the north on a beam reach, but sometimes a less favorable north-northwest. He pulled in the genoa to 80% to reduce stress on the sails and rigging, with the main kept at a 2-point reef.
We promised him a bit reduced winds for the next 19 hours as shown by ClearPoint, which is showing winds steady from the east at 10 or 11 kts.
We were sent a link to a Sail World article published yesterday and pass it along here. While it doesn't say much more about the "challenge" of that 73-year-old sailor in Australia, it uses a bit more colorful language and probably quotes him more accurately than yesterday's news piece.
It also quotes Saito-san, using snippets from this blog, for which we thank Sail World.
And another "thank you" to Saito 8 Committee member Tony Whitman for sending the link along.
Distance in last 24 hours: 136 nm overground, 123 nm DMG
Total distance completed: 22,084 nm
To Yokohama: 6,116 nm (distance remaining: 21.9%)
To Hawaii WP: 2,259 nm
Reported boat speed: 5.0 kts
Average boat speed: 5.7 kts
Average daily DMG over last 7 days: 67 nm
Weather: Overcast with occasional rain
Temperature: 27.0° C
Barometer: 1007 hPa (steady)
Wind (from): 15 - 24 kts, NNW expected to be 10-11 kts NNE over next 19 hrs