July 19/10 0800 JST
Position: 20°32'N, 164°20'W
He thought he'd left it all behind him, but building headwinds and seas this morning caused Saito-san this morning to rue, "It's like a mini-Southern Ocean, except hot!"
He said waves, heightened by a combination of headwinds in the low- to mid-20s and a mixed current, are at 3 meters and "really rough." He has furled the headsails, with the main at 2-pt reef, and is motoring to make headway.
The leak fix is continuing to hold, with bilges remaining dry.
As of today's 0800 JST call he was 364 nm from Hawaii, making 76 nm DOG and moving 54 nm DMG closer to Hawaii in the 24-hr period.
He tacked to the NNE about 10 hours ago and is now more directly approaching Hawaii.
Winds were strong and opposing in a range of 20-25 kts out of the ENE. On ClearPoint, the wind is predicted to be out of the E for the next 7 hrs, then changing back to ENE at 13-15 kts. The wind strength shown on ClearPoint was about 5-8 kts less than what Saito-san was experiencing at the time of the morning call.
Distance in last 24 hours: 76 nm over ground/54 nm DMG
Reported boat speed: 5.0 kts (motoring at 1800 rpm)
Average boat speed: 4.3 kts
Engine: 10 hrs, 1800 rpm
Generator: 9.75 hrs
Temperature: 26.5° C
Barometer: 1015 hPa
Wind (from): 20-25 kts ENE, expected to become 13-15 kts E & ENE over next 19 hrs