In which the wind machine shuts down

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:
130nm
112
112
99
103
112
137
119
130
126
115
118
110
86
75
68
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...

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