Day 619 [June 13/10] -- Slower, but continued progress

Today's Report
June 13/10 0800 JST / 1400 local

Position:  17°11'N, 143°46'W (North Pacific Ocean) 

Remaining distance to Yokohama finish:  16.5%

He saw a bit slower day yesterday as the east trade winds eased somewhat. A small craft warning in the Hawaii Islands that had been in effect was lifted yesterday. Winds reduced from the low 20s to the mid-teens, mainly from the ENE. Thanks to a favorable westward current he made 112 nm during the period.

He has 884 nm remaining to Hawaii, averaging 120 nm a day. 

Abby Sunderland was safely taken off her dismasted yacht yesterday by a French fishing boat, and was expected to be transferred to a second vessel in the next few days so she can leave for home by air. During the difficult transfer the captain of the rescue ship fell into the water, it was reported. The article also cites growing criticism as well as the family's defense of letting Abby make the attempt.

In a blog post from the rescue boat, she too defends the decision made during her repair stopover Cape Town to continue in the Indian Ocean despite the increasing weather risk.

In one other story we saw, she pledged to try another solo circumnavigation again "some day."

Distance in last 24 hours: 112 nm over ground / 116 nm DMG
Total distance completed: 23,600 nm
To Yokohama: 4,600 nm
To Hawaii WP2: 884 nm
Heading: 268°
Reported boat speed: 4.5 kts
Average boat speed: 4.7 kts
Average daily DMG over last 7 days: 120 nm 
Weather: Scattered rain & cool
Temperature: 23.0° C
Barometer: 1013 hPa 
Wind (from): 13-17 kts, ENE expected to be 15-18 kts ENE over next 19 hrs
Waves: 2.5 m
Current (from): E at 0.6 kts (good)
Engine: 0.0 hrs
Generator: 13.0 hrs
Sails: Genoa 50%, staysail 0%, mainsail 2-pt reef

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