December 1, 1999 Morning Report (from Bruce Blankenfeld and Kamaki Worthington)/ 21.5 days since departure: Winds have dropped again, so Hokule'a was under tow as of yesterday, at 7.5 knots. Heading is still 'Aina Kona. Navigating by the stars and swells. The canoe is about 360 miles out of Pape'ete, Tahiti, and should arrive there in 2-3 days. Estimated Position at sunrise, 12/1: 13 degrees 31' S, 22 miles N of the reference course, which now runs from the south end of Fatu Hiva to the NW corner of Rangiroa. Actual Position of Hokule'a at 6:00 a.m. HST: 13 degrees 17' S; 144 degrees 44'W.
December 2, 1999 Morning Report (from Bruce Blankenfeld
and Kamaki Worthington) / 22.5 days since departure: Hokule'a
passed Ahe and Manihi atolls last night and are approaching Rangiroa in
the Tuamotu Archipelago. Winds are 10-15 knots from the southeast. The
is still under tow, at 6.5 knots, heading Noio Kona, toward the slot between
Rangiroa and Tikehau The canoe is a little over 200 miles from Tahiti. Landfall
signs: land-based seabirds and refraction of wave patterns from atolls.
Swells from the south are choppy. Estimated Position at sunrise, 12/2: 14
degrees 44' S, 14 miles N of the reference course, which now runs from Fatu
Hiva to Rangiroa. Actual Position of Hokule'a at 6:00 a.m. HST: 14 degrees
29' S; 146 degrees 57'W.
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