November 23, 1999 Morning Report (from Bruce Blankenfeld and Kamaki Worthington)/ 13.5 days since departure: Hokule'a is sailing at about 5.5 knots on a heading of 'Aina Ho'olua (WNW), in 10-20 knot winds from Hikina (E)/La Ko'olau (E by N). Navigators estimate the canoe has averaged about 5.1 knots over the last 24 hours and made 123 miles. The easterly swells ('Aina malanai/ESE and Manu Malanai/SE) have diminished to at 3-5 feet, suggesting lighter winds to the east as the canoe moves north. 50 percent cloud cover, mainly cumulus, stratus, stratocumulus; 100 percent cloud cover last night made steering and latitude calculations difficult. Full moon (Hoku, 15 days old). Estimated latitude at sunrise, 11/23: 10 degrees 54' S; based on measurements of stars in Cassiopeia crossing the meridian (latitude was recalculated on 11/22); 46 miles east of the reference course. Actual Position at 6:00 a.m. HST: 12 degrees 51' S; 127 degrees 50'W. Fishing: no strikes; sealife: malolo (flying fish); crew says they are going "mo' lolo" (more crazy) everyday.

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