Day 1004 [July 3/11 JST] – Nice Beam Reach for 77 nm DMG

 Today's Report
July 3/11 0800 JST 

Position:  25°51'N, 145°09'E
Remaining to Yokohama:  705 nm (ETA: ? days)
Remaining to Ogasawara:  210 nm (ETA: 3-5 days)

Moderate but steady winds on a beam reach gave him a quite good 77 nm of DMG yesterday, sending him to within 210 nm of Ogasawara as of the morning's call. That was a 35 nm improvement over the previous 24-hr period. At the time of his call, winds were blowing out of the SSW at 10 kts, for a reported 4.0-kt boat speed.

We're starting to watch a tightly spinning low developing about 900 nm to his SSW [corrected from 400 nm stated earlier] that is starting to show up on ClearPoint. No weather warnings have been issued – yet – but it could turn into a tropical storm tracking northward parallel to him in a few days. 

That low might actually be a benefit. ClearPoint shows the winds at his 13-hours-from-now position falling to 3 or 4 kts out of the west. If so, a low might help to break up the lingering high and lift him the rest of the way to Ogasawara in about 4 days.

Distance in last 24 hours: 77 nm DOG / 77 nm DMG
Total distance completed: 27,820 nm
To Yokohama: 705 nm (measured)
To Ogasawara: 210 nm (measured)

Average daily DMG over last 4 days of sailing: 52 nm (measured) 
ETA, Ogasawara: 3-5 days
ETA, Yokohama: ? days

Heading: 290°
Reported boat speed: 4.0 kts
Average boat speed: 3.2 kts
Weather: Overcast, warm, squalls in the area
Temperature: 29.0° C
Barometer: 1012 hPa 
Wind (from): 10 kts SSW
Waves: 1.5 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.]