Sunday, June 27, 1999 (8:30 a.m.)

Actual Position (From GPS unit on board escort boat).

June 26, Sunset (6:05 p.m.): 07 degrees, 27.48 minutes N, 143 degrees, 55.45 minutes W

June 27, Sunrise (5:35 a.m.): 07 degrees 23.12 minutes N, 143 degrees 34.74 minutes W.

Radio Report from Pi'ikea Miller, Apprentice Navigator on "Hokule'a."

No. of Days at Sea: 12

Doldrum conditions continue. Winds 0-5 knots, variable, but tending to be from La Malanai (E by S) to Manu Malanai (SE). Hokule'a was making 1 knots, heading Na Leo / Haka Malanai (SSE/S by E).

Yesterday afternoon and last night the variable winds turned south and the canoe tacked E; the crew closed the sails for a time last night as the canoe made no progress in the light airs. Between sunset and sunrise, the canoe progressed 4.6 miles south and 20 miles east.

The seawater used for bathing and washing the deck, pots and dishes and clothing is getting warmer as the canoe heads towards the equator.

Position (Navigator's Estimate):

June 26, Sunset: 5 degrees 46 minutes north; 27 mi. E of reference line

June 27, Sunrise: 5 degrees 42 minutes north; 32 mi. E of reference line

Strategy and Heading (with current set): try to hold the course line of nalani malanai (SE by S). (the southerly winds are forcing the canoe off its intended course; the crew is tacking to try to stay east of the reference course.)

Speed: 1 knots


Daytime navigation: sunrise and sunset (ENE/WNW); 13-day old moon rising in the late afternoon; swells from the south and north.

Nightime navigation: moon important; 100 percent cloud cover at times. Venus setting around 9 p.m. and Jupiter rising after midnight.

Latitude: Hokupa'a

  • How Non-Instrument Navigation is Done
  • Sun's Position on the Ecliptic
  • Moon Phases (June 1999-January 2000)
  • Rising Points of 21 Brightest Stars
  • Latitude Stars
  • Fishing report: No strikes.

    Sea Life: pod of sperm whales.