Day 620 [June 14/10] -- Another slower day as current eases

Today's Report
June 14/10 0800 JST / 1400 local

Position:  17°35'N, 145°32'W (North Pacific Ocean) 

Remaining distance to Yokohama finish:  16.2%

Winds continued to ease into the low to mid teens out of the east. The current remained helpful but fell to just .3 kts -- essentially a slow walk. In another 8 hours (or roughly 40 miles) the current will pick back up to .7 kts, thus contributing as much as 16 miles a day.

He made 103 nm during the period, the least distance over ground since emerging from the Doldrums 10 days ago.

He has 783 nm remaining to his Hawaii stopover, averaging 112 nm a day over the past three days. ETA may be as early as this Sunday, June 21.

Note on distance calculations and current
DOG (distance over ground) is measured in nautical miles on Google Earth from each successive morning position given at his 8 am Japan time call.

DMG (distance made good) is measured in nautical miles from his morning position to the next waypoint, which currently is set just below the Big Island of Hawaii.

Google Earth has been found to be quite accurate for these calculations, as well as for setting waypoints to within degrees and minutes of latitude and longitude.

Meanwhile, current direction and speed is taken from ClearPoint Weather, and has been consistently confirmed by Saito-san as judged from his own observations.

That criticism of Abby Sunderland may have been voiced by a sailing expert or two, but many of the comments from the general public to this story have been on Abby's and her parents' side.

Distance in last 24 hours: 103 nm over ground / 101 nm DMG
Total distance completed: 23,703 nm
To Yokohama: 4,497 nm
To Hawaii WP2: 783 nm
Heading: 257°
Reported boat speed: 4.5 kts
Average boat speed: 4.3 kts
Average daily DMG over last 3 days: 112 nm 
Weather: Light rain w/ occasional thunderstorms, cool 
Temperature: 23.0° C
Barometer: 1013 hPa 
Wind (from): 13-18 kts, ENE, sometimes E, expected to be 14-18 kts ENE over next 19 hrs
Waves: 2.5 m
Current (from): E at 0.3 kts (slower)
Engine: 0.0 hrs
Generator: 9.0 hrs
Sails: Genoa 50%, staysail 0%, mainsail 2-pt reef

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