This was a very interesting night of sailing with widely varying conditions from watch to watch. The 6 pm to 10 pm watch experienced light and variable winds, largely from the north but really all over the place. The clouds were patchy, but beginning to fill in. We were only averaging about two knots and steering was not easy. The 10 pm to 2 am watch saw the sky go to completely overcast, a light rain fell and winds lightened so that they were only averaging about 1.5 knots. During the 2 am to 6 am watch, the sky opened up except for a few clouds on the horizon. Captain and navigator Bruce Blankenfeld had lots of stars overhead to steer by and explain to the crew. Winds settled down to south southwest (a really good direction for us) and increased to 15 to 20 knots. This has enabled us to average eight to nine knots this morning. It is truly an exhilarating feeling to experience this new canoe and crew gliding along at good speed.
position: 36.1076 degrees S 177.0397 degrees E
course: 075 degrees True
speed: 8.0 to 9.0 knots
weather: clear overhead, some clouds on horizon
wind: SSW 15-20
sea state: NW swell 6 to 8 feet, SW swell 3-5 feet with wind chop
vessel and crew condition: all ok (Faafaite also)
Celestial Observations, Navigation Stars, Planets and Moon Phases: See progress report above.