500 kilometres and 12 days

23/09/2010 at 11:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Pinta has now sailed for more than 12 days and covered over 500km (based on straight line distance measurements between each data point we’ve received from the boat). Had we managed to sail that in the right direction we’d now be 120km south of our second waypoint at 49 degrees north, 15 degrees west (about 780km west of Brest in France). This only gives us an average speed of about 1.7 km/h although a lot of this has probably been suboptimal sailing. On our best days we’ve seen top speeds of just under 4 km/h, the worst have been less than 1 km/h. Of course all this is based on data points that are 6 hours apart and we are assuming a straight line between those two points. In reality those lines won’t be anything near straight and actual speeds of travel will be faster.

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