Day 1003 [July 2/11 JST] – Ah, Those Warm Summer Breezes

 Today's Report
July 2/11 0800 JST 

Position:  25°34'N, 146°31'E
Remaining to Yokohama:  768 nm (ETA: ? days)
Remaining to Ogasawara:  286 nm (ETA: 5-8 days)

Winds turned southerly yesterday, a sure sign summer has arrived for sailors along the east shores of Japan. For Saito-san, it meant a day of improved sailing on a beam reach, and he was decidedly happier during the morning's call. While hampered by his cut-down main, even under relatively moderate winds he was able to move 42 nm closer to Ogasawara during the 24-hr period. That was a welcome improvement over yesterday's frustrating 30 nm.

Still no weather warnings as skies stay mostly overcast with broken clouds and passing summer squalls.

At the time of his call, winds were blowing out of the S & SSE at 6 – 10 kts, for a reported 3.0-kt boat speed. Winds were forecast on ClearPoint to be mostly out of the SSW at 9 – 12 kts until tomorrow.

Distance in last 24 hours: 42 nm DOG / 42 nm DMG
Total distance completed: 27,743 nm
To Yokohama: 768 nm (measured)
To Ogasawara: 286 nm (measured)

Average daily DMG over last 4 days of sailing: 55 nm (measured) 
ETA, Ogasawara: 5-8 days
ETA, Yokohama: ? days

Heading: 290°
Reported boat speed: 3.0 kts
Average boat speed: 1.8 kts
Weather: Overcast, warm, squalls in the area
Temperature: 29.0° C
Barometer: 1014 hPa 
Wind (from): 8-10 kts SE
Waves: 1.0 m
Sails: Genoa 90%, staysail 0%, mainsail 3pt reef
Engine: 0 hrs
Generator: 0 hrs

[Weather and wind forecasts are from ClearPoint Weather, a Saito 8 Supporting Sponsor.]