Finally the sun is out!  The batteries are charging! Very light breeze, pleasant sailing with the spinnaker up.  Ronnie said he is rested and feeling much better.  
 
He also got "macgyver" on his auto pilot.  I'm not really sure what he meant, because he left me a voicemail.  That either means he turned it into something else that would be useful or fixed it.  I will ask him the next time he calls.  
 
I found out today after calling at&t that it does cost money when I call Ronnie.  Let's just say free mobile to mobile does not include international mobile satellite phones.  Eating ramen tonight to make up for the call.
 
He also text that this is the first beautiful evening in the trades.  Breeze is still light, around 12 knots.  The auto pilot is steering to apparent wind now and 1269 miles to Hawaii!
 
-Rj
Aloha, here is update number four. The phone call started with Ronnie wanting to know the best way to tie a noose. He said its still cloudy and the batteries are dead. He is hand steering down wind in very light air, less than 5 knots. He is also without any weather information and it's against the rules for me to provide it, if you are wondering why he doesn't just get it from me. I'll keep you guys posted when he calls again. -Rj

Aloha! Another update from the middle of the Pacific. First off what a long day of sailing by hand with no auto pilot. Ronnie says the wind is blowing good and it's surfing conditions. He hit 14.7 knots early in the day, with these speeds he might go back in time. When I was talking to him he hit 11.9. His spirits are high and he is having a blast. 

The conditions are still overcast. The solar panel ballast is doing a great job keeping the stern firmly in the water, and that's about it. He says his batteries are getting really low and he is conserving as much as possible. Ron's sail mail is still down, sooo. Thanks guys take care. 

-Rj

 

Okay, last update for the night from Ron.  He is attempting to carry the spinnaker into the night.  Surfing conditions are good and the boat is hauling, top speed around 13.7.  Like moma always used to say, "theres a good, and there's a bad."  Actually I have never heard her say that. 
 
Allot of things are going wrong, and Ron needs a good pep talk for sure.  His auto pilot is still down and has been for the past day.  He hasn't seen sunlight since he left San Fran so his solar panel is pretty much extra weight along with his batteries.  He needs some sun to charge them up, good thing this boat isn't electric.  Sail mail is down, which also means no email or weather data.  With that said Ronnie sailed off into the night, until next time...
 
-Rj

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