Hikianalia was able to make the best of light winds by experimenting with various sail configurations. We have a full-bellied foresail, called a Drifter, that worked very well as a staysail between the main and mizzen sails. We were able coax 4 to 5 knots out of very light winds. The gentle pace allowed us good chances for cleaning the canoe and the bright, warm sun encouraged showering. Tonight before dinner, we discussed how we should prepare the canoe, items aboard and ourselves for the predicted stronger winds and worse weather that is predicted along our path.
time: 2012-10-12 06:05 UTC/GMT (20:05 HST Oct 11)
position: 35.2575 degrees S 179.1234 degrees W
course: 065 degrees True
speed: most of the day 4 to 5 knots, reduced to about 2 to 3 knots at 5 pm to allow Faafaite to close with us for night sailing