Sunday, October 3, 1999, a.m.

3:00 a.m. HST (12th day since departing Mangareva): Winds continue light out of the SE at 5-15 knots, from the direction of Rapa Nui. The canoe cannot head in that direction with the wind coming directly at it; the navigators have to choose between going south and going ENE and have decided to go ENE to gain miles to the east, even though this heading takes them a little to the north as well, seemingly away from Rapa Nui. The canoe can only go in the direction the wind allows it to go. It is traveling at 1-3 knots. At 3 a.m., Oct. 3, Hokule'a was about 40 miles farther to the east and 28 miles farther to the north than it was at 3 a.m., Oct. 2; it was 306 miles from Rapa Nui this morning at 3 a.m.; yesterday at 3 a.m., it was 327 miles from Rapa gain of 21 miles over the 24-hour period. Light southeasterly trades are forecasted to continue for the next 36 hours.

For back reports on the leg to Rapa Nui, go to Rapa Nui Back Reports

For more information on the leg to Rapa Nui, go to The Mangareva-to-Rapa Nui Page

For more information on the quest for Rapa Nui, go to the PVS Homepage