Day 664 [July 28/10 JST] -- "Best yet" progress toward Honolulu

Today's Report
July 28/10 0800 JST 

Position:  20°33'N, 158°44'W

A northerly current that slowed him yesterday gave him a nice lift today, coupled with favorable winds out of the E to provide him a "best yet" DMG of 57 nm on an ideal tack toward port. He is now just 63 nm from Honolulu with an ETA of Thursday, probably in the morning local time.

Winds had dropped considerably, to about 10 kts at the time of his call, prompting him to exclaim: "It's a beautiful sky, but there's no wind!" It was expected to get even worse over the next 12 hours, and then start picking up again. The entire area he's in -- a swath over 200 miles across and at least 140 nm deep -- is affected by the reduced wind conditions. A slight current will help nudge him northward some of today, but will turn unfavorable as he nears port.

Both the changeable wind and current appear to be the result of the proximity of the Big Island of Hawaii to his SE.

No onboard problems were reported.

Winds were a reduced 8-10 kts out of the ESE at the time of his call. On ClearPoint, they were predicted to drop even further, falling to 6 kts out of the ENE for 12 hours, then freshen to 13 kts in 19 hours. Due to the fluctuating wind he planned another tack later in the day.

Distance in last 24 hours: 64 nm over ground / 57 nm DMG
Heading: 008°
Reported boat speed: 3.0 kts
Average boat speed: 2.7 kts
Engine: 0 hrs
Generator: 9.25 hrs
Weather: Clear, sunny skies
Temperature: 25.3° C
Barometer: 1015 hPa
Wind (from): 8-10 kts ESE, expected to be 6-9 kts ENE, rising to 13 ENE in 19 hours
Waves: 1.5 m
Current (from): 0.2 kts SE (favorable)
Sails: Mainsail 2-pt reef, genoa headsail 90%

Position Map

57 nm DMG on ideal tack toward Honolulu