Day 665 [July 29/10 JST] -- Yesterday's marathon sprint slows to a walk

Today's Report
July 29/10 0800 JST (position updated 2000 JST)

Position:  21°23'N, 158°40'W (21°06'N, 158°31'W)

The flip-side of his great progress reported yesterday was today's much weaker DMG that saw him move only 15 nm closer to Honolulu during the period. What looked like a sailing sprint in the final miles has turned into a slow walk.

Winds were single-digit during most of the time, and while the current was weak at about .1 kt ESE, it was not helpful as he tacked against it to the SE.

He tacked at least 5 times in the past 24 hours.

No onboard problems were reported.

Later in the day he called to report that his boat speed had continued at about 2 kts. "I'm basically stopped," he reported, in terms of DMG. He said that it looked like he would have to revise his ETA to Friday. Exactly when Friday is up in -- and to -- the air.

As described by Dave Cooper this afternoon, as he awaits Saito-san with an arranged tow by his friend Mike Parker to a dock in Kawalo Basin:

Ahh, the fickle winds of fate. When you don’t want them they are blowing the oysters off the rocks and when you do……….[but] the forecast for Friday is 20 kts!

At 1 am Hawaii time he was still 37 nm from port, making about 2.5 kts on a 2-hour-old 120° tack.

Winds were forecast to increase into the teens and twenties on Friday.

Distance in last 24 hours: 54 nm over ground / 15 nm DMG
Heading: 110°
Reported boat speed: 2.0 kts
Average boat speed: 2.7 kts
Engine: 0 hrs
Generator: 9.25 hrs
Weather: Clear, sunny skies
Temperature: 25.5° C
Barometer: 1015 hPa
Wind (from): 5-7 kts NE, expected to be 8-12 kts ENE the rest of the period
Waves: 1.5 m
Current (from): 0.1 kts ESE (unfavorable)
Sails: Mainsail 2-pt reef, genoa headsail 90%

Position Map

Position as of 0100 HI time, 37 nm from Honolulu