November 29, 1999 Morning Report (from Bruce Blankenfeld and Kamaki Worthington) / 19.5 days since departure: After sighting Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands yesterday at sunrise, Hokule'a is heading for Tahiti via Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago. It is on a heading of 'Aina Kona (WSW), under tow by the escort boat Kama Hele at 6 knots because of light winds (5-10 knots, variable direction, but mainly east); it is still being guided without instruments, with the navigators directing the escort boat. The canoe will sail again if and when the winds pick up. The priority is to get to Tahiti to make the December 5 flight to Honolulu, as some members of the all volunteer crew need to get back to jobs and family. The sail to the Marquesas from Rapa Nui took 4-5 days longer than anticipated due to light winds early on. Now the crew has five days to make about 650 miles. Estimated Position: 11 degrees 24' S, 3 miles S of the reference course, which now runs from Fatu Hiva to Rangiroa. Actual Position of Hokule'a at 6:00 a.m. HST: 11 degrees 15' S; 140 degrees 30'W.
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