Day 1078 [Sep. 15/11 JST] – Saito-san Leaves Just in Time!

Today's Report
Sep. 15/11 1300 JST 

Position:  33°30'N, 139°47'E
Remaining to Yokohama:  90 nm / 99.9% finished, (ETA: Sep. 17)

Nicole BMW Shuten-dohji III is on schedule to reach Yokohama Saturday, with weather and winds cooperating -- but just barely. Saito-san has never sounded as upbeat as he has the past several days as the anticipation builds.

In Tokyo and Yokohama, media arrangements are being made, with two of the six main TV channels sending camera crews, and several major newspapers, and at least one foreign one, planning to send news teams.

Saito-san will meet up with Magellan Major, the spotting boat that saw him off on October 2, 2008, at the official start line at Kenzaki Lighthouse.

The weather continues to look quite favorable over the next 48 hours, expected to be cloudy and fair on Saturday. 

There IS an area typhoon, in fact TWO but the first and bigger one (Roke) has moved sharply west and does not present a problem.

The second smaller one, No. 19, is closely following Saito's path but he will be in Yokohama before it nears Japan according to projections. It has only appeared on the weather screen in the past 8 hours.

Two typhoons shown in 36-hour projection

Next week's forecast calls for rain & thunderstorms for Yokohama from Monday or Tuesday straight through to next weekend. Typhoon No. 19 is projected to veer to the east before it reaches Japan, but Hachijojima looks like it has at least some chance of getting clobbered as early as Tuesday.

So a day or two later departure date might have caused still another drawn-out delay.

Whew. We would NOT have wanted to break that bit of news to Saito-san!

Please note that the arrival time Saturday has been moved up 30 minutes.

Arrival Date & Place:

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Saturday, Sept 17, at Minato Mirai Pukari Pier, Yokohama
Following the welcome, NBSDIIII will move to the jetty at nearby Elephant Nose Park where she will remain for the rest of the three-day weekend.