Hōkūleʻa Update | Doldrums

Aloha all,

Just a quick update today. We are definitely in the doldrums. We are thankful for the gift of wind in this uncertain area of the ocean as it will help us to push through this region, hopefully in a matter of days. We are still making up the westing that we saw last week when the winds switched north of our position, although the navigation staff are confident that we have made back a lot of it in the last couple of days.

The morning brought a number of near-miss squalls to all corners of the canoe, until we took on multiple sets of rain-filled dark clouds. The wind in the squalls was light, which we counted as a blessing as this allowed us to sail through most of the bad weather. With our canoe lightened by the brand-new fresh water rinse, we sailed through the afternoon with trade winds starting to breakup the cloud-filled horizon. The cold PM did net us a nice surprise in the form of a small mahimahi, perfect for a bit of sashimi and fish head soup with long rice and ginger, bringing warmth to everyone on board. J-Boy is really hitting his stride with the meals.

Our crew is safe and working hard to keep the course through the night. Mahalo nui to everyone back at home supporting the voyage.

Pō malie everyone,

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