Day 608 [June 2/10] -- Doldrums get left behind

Today's Report
June 2/10 0800 JST / 1400 local

11°26'N, 122°37'W (North Pacific Ocean) 

Another good day as the effects of the equatorial Doldrums appear to have been mostly left behind. For the first time in nearly a week, the winds stayed favorable out of the northeast at a steady and moderate 11-14 kts, setting up his third day in a row to break 100 nm -- 136, 118, and today's 119 nm -- directly toward the Hawaii waypoint.   

While not yet showing up on ClearPoint, Saito-san said there have been thunderstorms moving through the area from north to south, including one visible thunderhead he said looked to be about an hour away. Squall lines accompanying such clouds, bringing rapid wind speed and direction changes, require cautionary sail reductions anytime they seem to be getting too near. 

That wonderfully favorable westward current has gone south within the last few hours, ClearPoint shows. At least for the next several days a slight current out of the north at 0.3 kts will increase to a more considerable and potentially troublesome 0.7 kts N. Not only will he slow as a result, but he'll also to stay vigilant against being pushed south and back into the band of reduced winds that exists at 011°N and below. 

Distance in last 24 hours: 119 nm overground/DMG 
Total distance completed: 22,321 nm
To Yokohama: 5,879 nm (distance remaining: 21.0%)
To Hawaii WP: 2,021 nm
Heading: 283°
Reported boat speed: 4.5-5.0 kts
Average boat speed: 5.0 kts
Average daily DMG over last 7 days: 79 nm 
Weather: Overcast
Temperature: 27.0° C
Barometer: 1010 hPa (steady)
Wind (from): 11-14 kts, NNE expected to be 11-16 kts NNE over next 19 hrs
Waves: 2.0 m
Current (from): N at 0.3 kts
Engine: 0.0 hrs
Generator: 11.0 hrs
Sails: Genoa 80%, staysail 0%, mainsail 2-pt reef

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