Day 1070 [Sep. 7/11 JST] – Ready to Depart Chichijima

Today's Report
Sep. 7/11 JST 

Position:  27°03'N, 142°11'E (Ogasawara, Chichijima Island, Japan)
Remaining to Hachijojima:  360 nm (ETA: 3.5 days)
Remaining to Yokohama:  502 nm (ETA: ?)

Saito-san was in great spirits as he readied the boat for departure in late morning today. He confirmed he had cleared his departure through the Coast Guard at the station in Ogasawara Village, and has been given the OK to proceed to Hachijojima, an island normally closed to foreign-registered vessels. He received special permission.

It is not expected that he will require further repairs there, but Saito-san said he is worried about the condition of the mainsail, since the sail material is "very weak."

As of this morning the waves outside the harbor were about 1.5- 2.0 meters as shown on ClearPoint, with winds under 10 kts. They are expected to remain 7-14 kts out of the SE and E over the next several days.

He expects the 360 nm portion up to Hachijojima to take "about 3 days, plus 6 hours" which would have him arriving in late afternoon on Saturday.

Sea conditions are moderate with no severe weather forecast for at least the next 4 days. In the weather map, the front approx 250 nm to his north is expected to be gone within 2 days. A large high will predominate up to Japan for most of the week.