Day 661 [July 25/10 JST] -- Wind & water cooperate for most the period

Today's Report
July 25/10 0800 JST 

Position:  19°37'N, 160°49'W

Another day of progress as the winds cooperated until about noon his time. When the winds come straight out of the east he can tack almost directly toward Honolulu. When they don't, he has to follow the wind and that can mean as much as 20° off the desired heading. That's what happened at noon, so his forward progress has dropped since then. Fortunately, he has started getting a nice assist from a SSW current of as much as 0.7 kts. That's just the direction he needs to go.

He remains in quite good spirits, as he watches the gap between Honolulu and his charted position narrowing. During the period he went 93 nm overground and 38 nm closer to port -- now 191 nm to his NE.

Winds were 11-14 kts out of the ENE, but had been a highly favorable 14-18 kts from the east only an hour earlier. On ClearPoint, winds were predicted to become 13 kts out of the ENE within 6 hrs and then move back east at a weakish 9 or 10 kts for the rest of the period. 

Distance in last 24 hours: 93 nm over ground / 38 nm DMG
Heading: 010°
Reported boat speed: 4.5 kts
Average boat speed: 5.2 kts
Engine: 0 hrs
Generator: 9.75 hrs
Weather: Mostly sunny skies, some clouds
Temperature: 26.4° C
Barometer: 1014 hPa
Wind (from): 11-14 kts ENE, expected to be 11-13 kts ENE, then 9-10 E over next 18 hrs
Waves: 1.5 m
Current (from): 0.4-0.7 kts SSW (very favorable)
Sails: Mainsail 2-pt reef, genoa headsail 80%

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