We spent most of the day making 9 to 10 knots and covering good ground. Both the canoe and the crew are becoming better each day, in their own right and collectively. We have been extremely fortunate in that the first day was quite mellow and we could get our bearings and sea legs in calm conditions. Today tested the canoe and the crew with stronger challenges, especially steering in stronger winds and slightly higher swells. But, the conditions were still quite manageable – perfect for training and putting experience in the bank.
position: 35.7811 degrees S 178.9553 degrees E
course: 075 degrees True
speed: 9 to 10 knots
weather: clear sky above us
wind: S winds have clocked to SW 15-20 knots and lightening
sea state: SW swells 8-10 feet
vessel and crew condition: all ok (Faafaite also)
Celestial Observations, Navigation Stars, Planets and Moon Phases: Stars just beginning to emerge. Hanaiakamalama and Ke Makau Nui o Maui are already bright overhead as this is written almost two hours after sunset. With this clear sky, the star show will be amazing tonight.
Animal Life: A small shark (estimated 3-feet long) cruised by on the surface with dorsal fin above the waterline.
Sea Birds and Sea Life: More sea birds are fishing in this area. An albatross accompanied us for about half an hour. We’re not sure of the species, but its size and coloration were very similar to the Laysan albatross we see in Hawai’i. We know they cruise from Hawai’i up toward Alaska. Do they roam the Southern Pacific as well?
Marine Debris: One small piece of plastic was seen.