Day 984 [June 13/11 JST] – Another Day, Another 100 Miles

Today's Report
June 13/11 0800 JST 

Position:  20°41'N, 174°31'E
Remaining to Yokohama finish:  2,324 nm / 8.5% (ETA: 25 - 29 days)

Another day of good sailing saw exactly 100 nm under the hull, 82 of those toward Yokohama.

Now starting to follow the usual pattern of long-distance wind-sailors, Saito-san jibed to a heading of 220° just after midnight to keep within the band of favorable, steady winds. To the north about 60 – 100 nm passing highs are sapping the Trades of their strength; too far south and he loses his aim on Yokohama.  (Even where he currently is, passing patches of weaker winds drop boatspeed to 3.5 kts at times.)

He reported the winds have diminished somewhat to 10-14 kts from the ENE, off from the 18 kts he saw yesterday. He opened the genoa to 90% after the winds started to slow.

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Distance in last 24 hours: 100 nm DOG
Total distance completed: 25,972 nm
To Yokohama: 2,324 nm (measured)

Average daily DMG over last 2 days of sailing: 83 nm (measured) 
ETA: 26 days

Heading: 220
Reported boat speed: 3.5 kts
Average boat speed: 4.2 kts
Weather: Overcast; no rain; warm
Temperature: 26.5° C
Barometer: 1016 hPa 
Wind (from): 10-14 kt 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 Supporting Sponsor.]