Day 1073 [Sep. 10/11 JST] – Closing in on Hachijojima

Today's Report
Sep. 10/11 0800 JST 

Position:  31°19'N, 140°14'E
Remaining to Hachijojima:  107 nm (ETA: 1 day)
Remaining to Yokohama:  247 nm / 99.7% finished, (ETA: 7 days – TBA)

Saito-san knocked off 109 nm DMG under sail to close within a day of his last stop-over point of Hachijojima. He'll rest up, tend to some boat maintenance and – weather permitting – will depart later in the week for Yokohama.

We've been delaying an announcement of his Yokohama ETA, depending on how NBSDIII did in these past few hundred miles. The verdict is "very well" and so it is likely Saito-san will be able to complete his circumnavigation next Saturday, September 17. 

An official announcement of his ETA will be made probably on Wednesday, assuming that no new typhoons appear in the meantime. It is expected that the final 140 nm into Yokohama will take about 2 days to complete, which is the "weather window" he will require.

Winds were changeable during the night veering between E and ESE from light to moderately strong winds between 9 and 16 kts, Saito-san reported. He also noted a quite strong leeward drift that he's had to compensate for by correcting almost 15 degrees east. The winds were expected to continue at 13-14 kts out of the ESE and E today and into tomorrow.

He achieved a quite good 109 nm under sail, with no engine use for nearly three days. He ran the generator 9 hours in three 3-hour sessions and said the battery reserve now seems to be adequate, compared to running the generator twice a day in longer sessions. (He had commented yesterday that the draw-down on the batteries seemed to be increasing for some reason.)

Weather appeared unthreatening this morning on ClearPoint projections. Saito-san reported that several squalls carrying "cold rain" had passed through during the night.

Distance in last 24 hours: 109 nm DOG / 109 nm DMG
DMG over last 3 days of sailing: 281 nm
Total distance completed: 28,355 nm
To Yokohama: 247 nm (measured)
To Hachijojima: 107 nm (measured)
ETA, Hachijojima: 1 day
ETA, Yokohama: 7 days (TBA)

Heading: 0°
Reported boat speed: 4.0 - 4.5 kt
Average boat speed: 4.5 kt
Weather: overcast, occasional rain squalls
Temperature: 28.0° C
Barometer: 1019 hPa
Wind (from): 9-16 kts ESE & E
Waves: 1.5 - 2.0 m
Sails: Genoa 90%, staysail 0%, mainsail 2pt reef
Engine: 0 hrs
Generator: 9 hrs

[Weather and wind forecasts are from ClearPoint Weather, a Saito 8 Supporting Sponsor.]