November 21, 1999 Morning Report (from Bruce Blankenfeld and Kamaki Worthington)/ 11.5 days since departure: Hokule'a is over halfway to the Marquesas (2000 miles from Rapa Nui) sailing at six knots on a heading of Manu Ho'olua (NW), in steady 10-15 knot winds from Noio Malanai (SE by E). Navigators estimate the canoe has averaged about 6 knots over the last 24 hours and made 154 miles. The easterly swell is holding at 6 feet, suggesting good trade winds will continue. 60 percent cloud cover: cumulus, stratus, cirrus, with cumulus clouds diminishing since yesterday. Bright moon (hua, or egg-shaped, 13 days old, two days from full) has begun to brighten the night sky, so that only the brightest stars and planets are visible. Estimated latitude at sunrise, 11/21: 14 degrees 16' S, 33 miles east of the reference course. Actual Position at 6:00 a.m. HST: 15 degrees 13' S; 124 degrees 19'W. Fishing: lost a mahimahi; sealife: a'a (boobies) and koa'e 'ula (red-tailed tropic birds...birds of the open ocean that nest in the cliffs of the Marquesas islands).
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