It has been 24 hours since we have begun our charge towards Molokai. The shift has not developed as predicted, which is causing us a great deal of worry, as our chief competitor, the Sleeper, has leverage against us to the right. If we don’t get the shift, then we will lose a lot of time to eliminate that leverage, and the race will be much closer at the end. At the moment, we are ahead of them by 3 hours 10 minutes. Not a lot.
We have been averaging about 8.5 knots with about 12-17 knots of wind speed, and we are roughly 245 miles from the finish. This puts us into Honolulu about 12-1 PM tomorrow, so we have roughly 30-35 hours of sailing left. If we can just hold on to our lead for the next 20 hours, we should be in a good spot.
Skies are typically patchy clouds cover, with the occasional squall overhead, but the wind speed was down a lot yesterday. We are hoping for more breeze today.
Location as of July 19, 2013 8:30 PDT
Latitude: 22 degrees 37.770 N
Longitude: 153 degrees 28.394 W
Speed: 7.5 Knots
Heading: 245 degrees
Distance to Finish: 255.50 nm