Day 11,  Tuesday October 06, 1998

All eyes were on the tropical storm Lisa. The storm's strong winds could provide gains for frontrunners but for some, like Soldini, she could be just another trouble.

BBPRBNarrow.jpg (17279 bytes) PRB Foto Billy Black

Autissier, who reported rigging problems yesterday, described her situation: "I was having my breakfast when I heard a big 'clang.' To escape a catastrophe, I had to immediately survey the damage. It was incredible that a piece like that could break. It was also good that the genoa was rolled up and that the stay didn't have any tension on it!"

She broke the tang on the genoa stay, which was also the principal forestay on the boat. It broke off near the deck. "I jury rigged the gennaker halyard and have calculated how it will hold up in all types of conditions. On the other hand, I don't have a genoa anymore. To recoup the gennaker halyard, I had to climb to the top of the mast. It is done now but I'm still concerned about it. We will see what happens in the Doldrums." Isabelle will definitely not be able to use the big genoa."
FolIsabellePoklop.jpg (20276 bytes) Isabelle Austissier

She had been seeing big clouds. Her wind built up to 25/30 knots already. "Things are reasonable at the moment but when the squalls come I will be at a disadvantage. On the other hand, it is blowing from the east/northeast and for the most part I will be on a good point of sail. I've been sailing south since yesterday and this has penalized me in the positions, but that's OK. I will be able to sail downwind while the others will have to sail close hauled. I should be able to make a determination as to where I stand in two or three days. Marc should also be able to do well." She wrote.

MSSomewhere3.jpg (16878 bytes) Somewhere Foto Marek Slodownik

The French skipper Marc Thiercelin had immediately overtaken Isabelle and Josh Hall to grab the first place in Class I. He held a 7-mile lead over Autissier. He was late in getting his boat ready for the race, but he was well prepared in Charleston. He actually finished second in the last Vendee Globe, so he had enough experience for such event like Around Alone.

BBGolding.jpg (21752 bytes) Mike Golding Foto Billy Black

Mike Golding saw Gartmore yesterday. "Josh was sailing low and to his surprise appeared off his stern. Josh and Mike had a radio conversation and their main concern was the tropical storm "Lisa" and where she was going to go. Golding had moved yesterday back into second place behind "Somewhere" and he was one off the four most north and east boats. This day he dropped to fourth position.

In Class II, Mouligne held a 19-mile lead over Garside. Both boats were also in front of Class 1 Soldini competitor. For Mouligne it had been a fast night. He was running under full genoa and full main sail at a steady 18 knots and as the weather became windier he set a smaller staysail. He did not want to risk losing his most important sail. He was also concerned about the effect of Lisa: "This kind of depression moves counterclockwise and so I want to stay on its western side to take advantage of the Northerly flow. This depression, if it develops into a storm, could redistribute the cards in the race."

BBSouthCarolina.jpg (22418 bytes) South Carolina Foto Billy Black

The boats farther behind had different conditions. Davie mailed: "Gudday from Driftsville, Another night of calms - but the airs have picked up a bit this morning - Minoru sighted to the north of me drifting along at daybreak."

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Thiercelin

Somewhere

18 18N

049 21W

4976

11.2

0

2140

2

Autissier

PRB

18 09N

050 00W

4999

7.2

23.1

2140

3

Hall

Gartmore Inv.Mg

19 24N

049 40W

5032

9.9

55.9

2140

4

Golding

Team Group 4

20 52N

048 54W

5055

10.6

78.5

2140

5

Soldini

Fila

25 52N

048 53W

5246

4.2

269.7

2140

6

Konioukhov

Mod Univ Human

26 49N

065 02W

5978

0

352.4

0452

7

Reidl

Project Amazon

31 17N

059 10W

5873

0

171.2

2140

Class 2

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

19 24N

050 53W

5085

9.4

0

2144

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

19 32N

051 15W

5107

9.6

21.6

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

20 07N

053 08W

5212

9.4

127

2144

4

Stricker

Rapscallion III

27 41N

050 42W

5390

5.3

304.9

2144

5

Davie

South Carolina

27 00N

053 19W

5474

4.8

388.6

2144

6

Saito

Saito

27 15N

053 09W

5476

5.1

391.2

2144

7

Petersen

Petersen

27 20N

053 45W

5505

6.6

419.8

2144

8

Hunter

Hunter

27 42N

057 25W

5673

5.4

588.5

2144

9

Yazykov

Yazykov

30 34N

057 40W

6215

7.6

1130.2

2144

Richard Konkolski
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