Hiro’s Journal / ヒロ日記より03.01.2019 Day 6



波60センチ  天気晴れ



March 1st, 2 p.m. Pacific Time, March 2nd 7 a.m. Japan Time, Day 6

NE wind, Wave hight: 60cm, Weather: Clear

We are sailing down south by NE wind. We are still struggling from lack of decent wind. Hopefully, we will get to the area with better wind conditions by tonight. I noticed that the floor was slippery as I was working in the cockpit, trying to put the sails up. We had spilt a small amount of fuel when we filled up the tank yesterday. We had cleaned the floor with paper towels, but forgot to check the bottom of our shoes, which spread the fuel all over the boat as we walked around. We ended up brushing the floor of the deck and the cockpit for 1 hour. We almost lost our bucket while trying to get some seawater from the ocean, but luckily, we managed to catch it. If we had lost the bucket, we won’t have been able to get seawater again. Seawater is very very important to us as a resource. We attached a new handle made of rope for the bucket. Small mistakes can cause big problems for a boat in the middle of the ocean. We will try to be more careful in the future.

We had smoked salmon and cheese omelette with some vegetables for dinner today.
This image is for illustrative purposes. Not the actual bucket thay use.

How we decide our directions / 方角の決め方

We still continue to sail south to find the trade winds and blocked from going west by areas of very light winds.   We hope to get to some better winds in a couple of days.   Winds so far have been light and variable ( direction and speed) making sailing challenging.  

This is a picture of our chart plotter showing our track and position.  The X’s are points noted in various weather forecasts.  As you can see , a real turn west will not begin until latitude 23 , about the same as tip of Baja.  Our final latitude heading West will probably be around 18 North.  



This is the current situation. A little hard to see???
This photo is right before the launch. You see where the chart plotter is.