Day 03, Monday September 28, 1998

Hurricane Georges rammed into Biloxi, Mississippi on this morning. Reports showed a wind gust up to 172 MPH! Hurricane Karl has become extra-tropical storm as it headed for Europe and Jeanne was going to weakening more as it accelerated to northeast. None were a concern to the fleet at this time. Weather recommendations to the fleet was to continue just south of east course and north of 31N - to avoid high pressure and light winds around 29N and 73W.

MSFilaBack.jpg (15114 bytes) Fila Foto Marek Slodownik

Giovanni Soldini's Class I entry FILA was the northernmost boat in the entire fleet. While the other skippers went to the south, Soldini was flying along at well over 10 knots, a result of the proximity of a cold front. But despite that he was still fifth in his class.

MSTeamGroup4.jpg (14984 bytes) Team Group 4 Foto Marek Slodownik

At the top of the Class I was English skipper Mike Golding on Team Group 4. He was able to pass yesterday's class leader Isabelle Autissier and Marc Thiercelin. Today, both fell behind, to be followed by Josh Hall, Sebastian Reidl and Fedor Konioukhov.

BBCrayValley.jpg (20326 bytes) Cray Valley Billy Black

In Class II, J.P. Mouligne was ahead of Mike Garside and Brad Van Liew. Like Soldini, Mouligne was the farthest north in his class. But only time would tell if that was a good move.

Michael Garside mentioned in his E-mail that he misread JP's position. Thinking JP was way behind, he let him haul out to the left of the fleet, where Michael knew he himself should be. In trying to get back into contact with him he gave up 20 valuable miles. Only then did his Magellan Alpha reached the light airs that she likes more than Cray Valley does. He has been able to cut Mouligne's lead to 7 miles.

BBNoBarriersBow.jpg (26929 bytes) No Barriers Foto Billy Black

Neal Petersen was making 5 knots under a spinnaker. He was slowly settling down to life at sea when some ship woke him up as she entered his radar guard zone. Then he got a problem with COMSAT-C communication. It jammed and would not transmit. Neal came to the conclusion that the technology is great only when it works. Even with the shore help he could not solve the problem. It started working only after re-powering. Nobody could figure why?

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Golding

Team Group 4

31 26N

072 26W

6453

7.6

0

1540

2

Austissier

PRB

31 28N

072 26W

6453

7.6

0.9

1540

3

Thiercelin

Somewhere

31 21N

072 56W

6473

7.2

20.2

1540

4

Hall

Gartmore Inv Mg

31 46N

072 45W

6477

7.1

24.3

1540

5

Soldini

Fila

32 47N

073 00W

6518

8.3

65.1

1540

6

Reidl

Project Amazon

32 41N

073 48W

6550

5.6

97.5

1540

7

Konioukhov

Mod Univ Human

30 35N

075 57W

6587

4.8

134

1540

Class 2

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

31 37n

072 48W

6474

7.2

0

1544

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

30 58N

073 38W

6493

6.8

18.1

1544

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

31 07N

073 45W

6502

6.6

27.7

1544

4

Davie

South Carolina

31 36N

073 31W

6506

6.5

31.5

1544

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

31 54N

073 39W

6521

6.2

46.4

1544

6

Petersen

No Barriers

31 25N

074 11W

6530

6

55.9

1544

7

Stricker

Rapscallion III

31 35N

074 16W

6539

5.8

64.4

1606

8

Hunter

Paladin II

32 24N

077 51W

6723

2

248.8

1544

9

Yazykov

Wind of Change Rus

32 51N

079 56W

6829

0

354.5

1544

Richard Konkolski
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