After double headsail reaching all night, the wind backed enough to launch the chute around dawn. The boat is moving beautifully. Sea state has calmed down a bit and a longer swell is taking over, allowing the autopilot to perform much better and the chute to behave itself.
I changed my mind on a stream entry point and am aiming a little further west. The counter current is all but gone, at least for the time being, which probably accounts for the decrease in chop.
I downloaded to standings a moment ago and saw Bluebird is leading the Class 4 pack - way to go Gust! I need to figure out how to get the upper hand here. He has to be loving that symmetrical kite on a run like this. He who best plays the currents in and south of the main body of the stream will pick up a key advantage.