I thought I would tell you a story with numbers -- a story about our progress toward the Marquesas.
When someone gives you their daily mileage you have to ask what exactly they are measuring. On this trip we have been dropping a waypoint every day at about 2pm and measuring the direct distance between waypoints. This means we overestimate compared to a miles-made-good measurement and underestimate compared to a distance-sailed measurement.
We just finished our 17th (!) 24 hour run and the story of the wind on this passage so far goes like this:
51 (00 50N, 129 09W)
The last 51nm is an average of 2.1 knots SOG over a 24 hour period. There is a radio net for the Pacific Puddle Jump and there are reports of light wind from boats just off the coast of Mexico all of the way to a boat ahead of us at 5S, 132W.
Will we ever cross the equator? Stay tuned...