Monday 10/4, a.m.
Brief Conversation with the Canoe this Morning at 8:15
am HST: Winds were really light--0-5 knots out of the ESE. Skies were clear
and sunny. 2:26 am: Hokule'a is on a southerly tack to get to 27° 09'
S (the latitude of Rapa Nui), where it plans to begin tacking east in a
zigzagging search pattern to find Rapa Nui. Over the last 12 hours, it traveled
about 28 miles Haka Kona (S by W), averaging 2.4 knots in light southeasterly
winds; at 2:26 am, the canoe was at 24° 48' S, 113° 49' W, and heading
Na Leo Malanai (SSE). At its current average speed (2.4 knots), it will
take the canoe two days to reach the latitude of Rapa Nui (141 miles to
the south at 2:26 am). If the canoe sails straight south along 113°
49' W, when it reaches the latitude of Rapa Nui, it will be about 233 miles
to the west of Rapa Nui, which is at 109° 27' W (262 minutes of longitude
away; each minute of longitude at 27° S equals .89 mile.) Tacking 233
miles east in search of Rapa Nui in the light trade winds prevailing in
the area could take a while.
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