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Monday, November 11, 2013

Day 5 @ 3AM Sailng from Fiji to Tarawa, Kiribati

TIME: 2013/11/11 15:04 (3am local)
LATITUDE: 05-36.84S
LONGITUDE: 175-51.24E
COURSE: 344T
SPEED: 7.6
WIND_SPEED: 11
WIND_DIR: ESE (110T)
CLOUDS: 20%
VISIBILITY: 15
BARO: 1006
TREND: 0
AIR_TEMP: 28.3C (83F)
Sea_temp:L 30C (86F)

We finally found some wind! At 8pm last night the wind started to built to 5 knots with gusts to 7 knots. In the 7 knot peak winds we were hitting 5's through the water for short periods of time, a nice increase from mid-day speeds of only 2.5 knots! Utilizing our autopilots 'Wind' mode to maintains a constant apparent wind angle and has proven indispensable in these fickle shifty light conditions.

The wind has continued to build and now we have an amazing 11 knots true out of the ESE providing nearly 10 knots of apparent wind and yielding boat speeds around 7.5 knots. Our worries of low fuel and a possible stop at Nanumea atoll are fading into our wake. We're 12nm to the west of Nanumea atoll, the northern most island of Tuvalu and looking forward to a only 3 more days at sea if the wind holds up.

That's it for now.

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