Day 1006 [July 5/11 JST] – Better By A Bit

Today's Report
July 5/11 0800 JST 

Position:  25°52'N, 143°52'E
Remaining to Yokohama:  638 nm (ETA: ? days)
Remaining to Ogasawara:  143 nm (ETA: 2-4 days)

A small change for the better yesterday as the lingering high moved east and he finds himself in steadier, if still weak, winds from the SSW on a good point of sail to Ogasawara. 

He achieved 37 nm of DMG yesterday, a 3 nm improvement over the previous 24-hr period, to put him to within 143 nm of Ogasawara. At the time of his call, the wind was blowing at 4 kts out of the WSW. "It's a little better now," he agreed, compared to his near-drifting conditions yesterday. He reported a boat speed of 2 to 2.5 kts on a heading of 330-340°.

It was reassuring to see that the developing low we've been watching over the past few days now appears to be nearly gone. Up in Tokyo an unrelated gale warning was in effect for over 24 hours, but the sometimes 30-knot gusts never came anywhere near Saito-san, and were well to the northeast by this morning.

Distance in last 24 hours: 40 nm DOG / 37 nm DMG
Total distance completed: 27,888 nm
To Yokohama: 638 nm (measured)
To Ogasawara: 143 nm (measured)

Average daily DMG over last 4 days of sailing: 36.5 nm (measured) 
ETA, Ogasawara: 2-4 days
ETA, Yokohama: ? days

Heading: 330-340°
Reported boat speed: 2.0 – 2.5 kts
Average boat speed: 1.4 kts
Weather: Broken clouds, warm, squalls in the area
Temperature: 29.0° C
Barometer: 1013 hPa 
Wind (from): 4 kts WSW
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.]