Day 08, Saturday October 3, 1998

The wind had gotten very light and the sea flat. The fleet experienced some squalls, but the condition was light in general. One week has passed since the start and nobody from the fleet could show his domination. The top boats were equally matched.

MSFilaStart.jpg (23340 bytes) Fila at start Foto Marek Slodownik

Soldini continued to hold the Class I after 239 miles run during the last 24-hour. He was trailed by Hall, Golding and Thiercelin. Autissier had slipped to fifth place, but nobody knows for how long. Isabelle has seen her situation in her own way: "Good that Mark (Thiercelin) and I have decided to be the first ones to cross through the high pressure zone. It should be a little easier for us because we will be farther away from the center than those who will cross through it coming from the north. But today looks like it is going to be difficult. Right now we already have less than five knots of wind. We should be clear of it tonight or tomorrow and we will see where we stand two days from now."

In Class II Garside cut off 26 miles from Mouligne's lead. Garside saw Mouligne's masthead light just after the 0500Z position report and so he gave him a cheery call on the VHF. "He was very polite, despite the fact that I had woken him up."

FolMagelanAlphaAir2.jpg (21616 bytes) Garside's Magellan Alpha
JP described the chat in his e-mail: "I got a brutal awakening around 2 o'clock this morning. Somebody was calling CRAY VALLEY on Channel 16! Offshore, you always monitor Channel 16 on the VHF radio, but the range is only a few miles so the caller had to be very close. Sure enough, it was Magellan Alpha, and I could see his red light only a mile behind me!"

MSMouligne.jpg (28738 bytes) JP Mouligne Foto Marek Slodownik

After a pleasant little chat they got back to serious business. In effect, they have started their race all over again. Soon Garside realized that Cray Valley was sailing away from him, but despite hard work with his wardrobe of sail combinations, he was losing ground steadily.

"Four hours later JP was still about a mile ahead", e-mailed Garside, "And I have decided to remain astern and spend the day taking sailing lessons. Trouble is, I haven't quite got the nerve to call him up again and ask what I'm doing wrong and what I need to do to overtake."

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Soldini

Fila

30 53N

051 19W

5537

7.6

0

1540

2

Hall

Gartmore

28 59N

054 09W

5582

7.4

45.2

1540

3

Golding

Team Group 4

28 19N

055 07W

5597

7.3

60.8

1540

4

Thiercelin

Somewhere

27 52N

056 36W

5645

7

108

1540

5

Austissier

PRB

27 40N

056 50W

5647

7

110.5

1540

6

Konioukhov

Mod Univ Human

26 49N

065 02W

5978

5.4

352.4

0452

7

Reidl

Project Amazon

31 17N

059 10W

5873

6.3

171

2140

Class 2

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

28 17N

056 30W

5655

6.9

0

1544

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

28 18N

056 31W

5657

6.9

1.3

1544

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

28 12N

057 45W

5705

6.6

49.7

1544

4

Davie

South Carolina

30 21N

056 41W

5736

6.4

81.1

1544

5

Stricker

Rapscallion III

30 20N

057 44W

5780

6.2

124.9

1544

6

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

30 29N

058 07W

5801

6.1

145.8

1544

7

Petersen

No Barriers

30 35N

060 09W

5891

5.5

235.7

1544

8

Hunter

Paladin II

31 16N

063 53W

6073

4.4

417.8

1544

9

Yazykov

Wind of Change

31 09N

074 44W

6548

1.6

892.3

1544

Richard Konkolski
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