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At sea: Sextant and Japanese

June 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Another great trade wind day.  Virtually no changes to the sails or steering all day.  I did a sextant fix yesterday and got the fix to within 9 miles. Close enough to see the land even if you were aiming at a corner.

We heard Japanese on the VHF radio this morning.  Other have seen Japanese fishing boats and I’m sure this was a pair discussing conditions.  We are now inside the 200 mile territorial waters of the Marquesas so we should find any foreign boats fishing and the local population wouldn’t need to go far off shore.  So shouldn’t get surprises in the night.

We expect to get in on Friday even if the wind goes lighter as expected.

Position: [-8.983,-135.300] at 15:00 local, 23:00 GMT Wed 17th June
24hr run:  156 miles by GPS,  156 miles through water.
227 miles to Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands. ETA at 5 knots: 15:51 GMT 19th June
Wind: ESE 13 knots Sea: Just a SE swell 1.5m
Sky:  a few fluffy clouds

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg