99 miles to go.
20 July 2012 | near Maui!
Last night was the most clear and made for some spectacular star gazing on my watch. The few constellations I know are definitely in different places than what I'm used to seeing (the big dipper is skewed right and sets partway through the night.) The Milky Way was bright and stretched from dead ahead to dead astern in a bright arc. Pretty cool. I also was surprised at the number of jet liners in a steady stream coming and going in directions parallel to our own course - indicating we are closing on on Hawaii. Unfortunately, the wind was light all night and for long periods we were making less than 5 knots. A bit frustrating when you know you are in a race. Though the seas were relatively calm, there was not enough wind to fly the asym so we did the best we could. But at sunrise, the breeze picked up and the red asym was hoisted. We have an estimated finish time of around midnight PST. We'll see what the day brings.