Saturday, November 19, 2016

1920 miles behind us

150 miles to go to Kailua-Kona and the Honokohau Harbor. In about 90 miles we'll sail into the lee of the big island and the swell will be much reduced. We will also be away from the steady power of the NE tradewinds that have brought us so far. We'll ride "wind wrap" as far north as we can and then hug the coast to use the sea breeze generated by the warming air over the land.
The Kona Vessel Assist operator is aware of our approach and is standing by to help bring us into the marina.
Early this morning we sailed near what I believe to be an ODAS bouy. These weather data collectors are huge and made of steel and certainly tougher than Pau Hana. There will be many buoys along the coast called FADs, whose sole purpose is to provide structure as a Fish Aggregating Device. We will have to stay alert and perhaps troll a lure.
17*57' N
154*28' W
course 310*
speed 6 knots

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