Day 982 [June 11/11 JST] – A Day of Fair Winds and Good Progress

Today's Report
June 11/11 0800 JST 

Position:  21°08'N, 177°25'E
Remaining to Yokohama finish:  2,480 nm / 8.9% (ETA: 27 - 30 days)

Compared to 2 days ago, NBSDIII is now on an oceanic racetrack straightway, with constant winds at 13-15 kts from the east. While there is still due concern over the rigging and mast – especially the latter in its weakened state – the steady push of the wind is seen as less punishing than the light airs of a few days ago that were both wearying for the Skipper to chase and react to, as well as tossed the boom around while the sails repeatedly filled and released.

On this downwind tack, a watchful eye on the wind direction and heading must be kept to avoid uncontrolled jibes.

He reported this morning seeing no new damage as he makes his twice-daily careful inspections of the rigging and sails, just after sunset and just before dark.

NBSDIII achieved an impressive 69 nm DOG during the period as winds gradually rose throughout the day and night into the low to mid teens. For the first time in a week, much of the effort was toward Yokohama, measuring 53 nm of forward progress. That compares in the previous 24-hour period to 42 nm and just 3 nm, respectively.

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We recalculated the remaining distance to Yokohama based on his newly revised plan to follow the present latitude / wind band until he reaches the 150th east longitude in 1,500 nm. The revised distance to Japan is 2,480 nm. This adds about 250 nm to the total stated yesterday, but he can be expected to make up much of it from increased boat speed.

Purple line shows newly revised route with the turn up north at 150th longitude
Distance in last 24 hours: 69 nm DOG
Total distance completed: 25,780 nm
To Yokohama: 2,480 nm (measured)

Average daily DMG over last 4 days of sailing: 43 nm (measured) 
ETA: 28 days (if sailing @ 3.6 kts)

Heading: 220
Reported boat speed: 3.5-3.8 kts
Average boat speed: 2.9 kts
Weather: Overcast; occasional rain; warm
Temperature: 26.5° C
Barometer: 1015 hPa 
Wind (from): 11-15 kt E, sometimes ENE
Waves: 1.5-2.0 m
Sails: Genoa 90%, staysail 0%, mainsail 3pt reef
Engine: 0 hrs
Generator: 8 hrs

[Weather and wind forecasts are from ClearPoint Weather, a Saito 8 contributing sponsor.]