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June 18, 2000

Tarawa to Solomon Islands voyage, Update #18

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Sun, 18 Jun 2000 00:15:06 -0700
Day 19
Wind ESE 5-10 knots
Heading 250 Magnetic
Latitude: 08 degs 15.18' South
Longitude: 160 degs 56.20' East

Sorry folks - low on power again today. So this will have to be a shorty. As you can see by our chart here, we managed to hit our target of 8 degrees and 15 minutes south in the early hours of this morning, taking it in turns behind the wheel in two hourly shifts to keep the boat moving. And not a moment too soon either. Hardly had we hit the clearing line when a strong ESEasterly came up and we changed course to 260 (True) to begin our track across the northern edge of Malaita, by now a very obvious shape to our port beam thanks to the light of the full moon.

We've sent the day gazing at land not more than a couple of miles away. Tantalizing indeed! This I think is the longest part of any voyage, when land just doesn't seem to get near quickly enough. OK, the batteries are beeping, gotta go...

Jason & Chris,
The Moksha motors

Posted on June 18, 2000 3:19 AM