Day 1072 [Sep. 9/11 JST] – Another Good Day Under Sail

Today's Report
Sep. 9/11 0800 JST 

Position:  29°41'N, 141°09'E
Remaining to Hachijojima:  210 nm (ETA: 2 days)
Remaining to Yokohama:  341 nm / 99.6% finished, (ETA: ?)

Winds were light during the night but returned this morning to put 5 kts occasionally on the knot log, with winds steady from the east. They were expected to continue that way between 11 – 13 kts for a near-perfect broad reach the rest of today and into tomorrow.

He achieved 95 nm under sail during the period as he kept the engine off. The generator ran 11 hours to keep batteries topped off.

He again reported that everything was fine aboard ship and was pleased with his progress. He has adjusted his ETA for "some time Sunday, probably in the morning."

He called Mike Seymour later in the morning and in that call indicated he was having to charge the batteries longer than normal (usually about 9 or 10 hours in two sessions) and asked for advice. The batteries were replaced in Chile and are actually heavy-duty truck batteries, rather than the original deep-cycle marine batteries added in Hawaii during the initial refit. This may or may not be a developing problem and will looked into after he arrives at Hachijojima in a few days.

Typhoon Kulap, No. 14, has been relegated to a tropical lowappears to present no threat to Saito-san as it heads 11 kts NNW obliquely away from his position. As of 0800 today it was 525 nm west and should be 545 nm further away by tomorrow.

Update: By the noontime locator beacon position today he was 199 nm from Hachijojima, averaging 4.8 kts since 0600.

Distance in last 24 hours: 95 nm DOG / 95 nm DMG
Total distance completed: 28,114 nm
To Yokohama: 341 nm (measured)
To Hachijojima: 210 nm (measured)

DMG over last 2 days of sailing: 168 nm (measured) 
ETA, Yokohama: ? days

Heading: 345°
Reported boat speed: 4.5 - 5.0 kt
Average boat speed: 4.0 kt
Weather: clear w/ scattered clouds; mild
Temperature: 28.0° C
Barometer: 1012 hPa
Wind (from): 8-12 kts E
Waves: 1.5 - 2.0 m
Sails: Genoa 90%, staysail 0%, mainsail 2pt reef
Engine: 0 hrs
Generator: 11 hrs

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