Saturday, July 3, 1999 (8:30 a.m.)

Day at Sea: 19

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

July 1, Sunset (17:23): 01 degrees 42.43 minutes N; 142 degrees 06.10 minutes W

July 2, Sunrise (5:29): 00 degrees 42.38 minutes N; 141 degrees 42.46 minutes W

July 2, Sunset (17:23): 00 degrees 10.37 minutes S; 141 degrees 09.17 minutes W

July 3, Sunrise (5:29): 00 degrees 57.01 minutes S; 140 degrees 39.49 minutes W

Position (Navigator's Estimate from Pi'ikea Miller, Apprentice Navigator on "Hokule'a."):

July 02, Sunset: 03 degrees 14 minutes S; 52 miles E of the reference line

July 03, Sunrise: 04 degrees 04 minutes S; 67 miles E rof the eference line

Winds have lightened, to 10-15 knots, and shifted S of E. Hokule'a is heading Haka Malanai (S by E), at 5 knots. The present course would take the canoe directly to Nukuhiva in about 4 days. SE and ESE swell diminishing. Radio transmission was very poor; position and direction and speed report only.

Strategy: Hokule'a continues on the third and final segment of the voyage to Nukuhiva in the Southeast Tradewind Belt. The navigators estimate the canoe is about 5 degrees or 300 miles north of the Marquesas Islands. (It is actually about 8 degrees or 480 miles north of Nukuhiva.)



Nightime navigation: La'aukulua (the 19th moon phase) rising in the evening.

Daytime navigation: sunrise and sunset (due east and west); La'aukulua (the 19th moon phase) setting in the morning; swell from the SE.

  • 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: Shark sighted by the escort boat Kamahele at 6:45 a.m. yesterday; sighting of a single boobie between Hokule'a and Kama Hele this morning