Day 1008 [July 7/11 JST] – Improved Winds for Possible Ogasawara ETA in 2 Days

Today's Report
July 7/11 0800 JST 

Position:  26°00'N, 143°16'E
Remaining to Yokohama:  607 nm (ETA: ? days)
Remaining to Ogasawara:  111 nm (ETA: 2-2.5 days)

This day brought a promise of fresher winds, as they shift to out of the northeast and gradually increase throughout the period to as much as 9 kts.

This promises to break an almost windless 4 days in which he has struggled to make just 102 nm.

If the improved winds hold, NBSDIII may be arriving in Ogasawara as early as Saturday morning or mid-day.

During the past 24-hr period Saito-san made 27 nm, 25 nm of those toward his destination on a route that takes him under the island of Hahajima, then up 40 nm to Chichijima and the village of Ogasawara.

At 0800, he reported a boat speed of 2 kts on a heading of 230-250°.

No adverse weather is seen on ClearPoint, other than occasional passing squalls.

A few hours ago, this cluster of lightning bolts was just 80 nm away. All had struck within a 1-hr time period.

Squall with several dozen lightning strikes in 1 hour  80 nm away

Distance in last 24 hours: 26 nm DOG / 25 nm DMG
Total distance completed: 27,934 nm
To Yokohama: 607 nm (measured)
To Ogasawara: 111 nm (measured)

Average daily DMG over last 4 days of sailing: 26.0 nm (measured) 
ETA, Ogasawara: 2-2.5 days
ETA, Yokohama: ? days

Heading: 230-250°
Reported boat speed: 2.0 kt
Average boat speed: 1.1 kt
Weather: Broken clouds, warm, squalls in the area
Temperature: 28.0° C
Barometer: 1011 hPa 
Wind (from): 4-5 kts ESE
Waves: 0.5 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.]