Hikianalia Update | Aug 24, 2018: Weather Change
Hikianalia Update by Hye Jung Kim
Aug 24 | AM Update
We had a pretty mellow night and the temperature dropped pretty drastically over the past few days. We are thinking that yesterday was our last day of showers, but we will see how much it warms up today.
Our 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. watch used the Jupiter setting, Hokupaʻa (north star) and Iwa KeliʻI to check headings and we were able to do a latitude check with Sagas and Shaura and we estimate to be at 35 degrees north. Our dead reckoning is off by a degree and we will keep our dead reckoning until we have another latitude check with Na Hiku using Hikukahi and Hikulua. Our heading for the four hours was Haka Koʻolau with one house leeway resulting in ʻĀkau heading.
Our 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. watch kept the same heading and they relied a lot on the swells and Hokupaʻa. During this watch the clouds rolled in and the winds died down. We had a harder time tonight pinpointing the course with the lack of clues.
Our 2 a.m. – 6 a.m. watch ranged from Nā Lani Koʻolau to Nā Leo Hoʻolua and we think that on average we held ʻĀkau resulting in Haka Hoʻolua course over water. We did not have much wind so we averaged 3 knots over the 4 hours. At sunrise, the horizon was covered with clouds so we were not able to check our heading.
Aug 24 | PM Update: Shifty Weather
Today, the winds died down as our 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. watch came on. It was raining and we were not going anywhere so we cleaned the deck and Keala got out his fishing pole and started fishing on the bow. Soon, he had an aku on his line and we documented the fish and checked stomach content. A few minutes after the fish was caught, we had winds again to get going. Everything was timed just right and it feels like mama Earth had a schedule in mind for us.
We started motoring a bit during our 6-10 watch. We were heading Manu Koʻolau and with the one house leeway drift, we were heading Noio Koʻolau over the water. We are slowly making progress eastward.
Our 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. watch checked heading using the swells and wind since the sun was too high for us to use. There were some squalls that came through during our 10-2 watch and it dropped the temperature drastically when the winds were coming through. We put up jib #12 inside of jib #33 to try to get a little bit more power from the very light winds that we have. Winds died in the morning so we motored for a little bit during this watch.
Our 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. watch averaged ʻĀkau, but the heading in the four hours changed drastically throughout the watch. The wind fluctuated from squall strength of 20+ knots down to nothing during the watch. It was hard to check heading as well because we could not even see the sun for more than half of the watch.