Day 12,  Wednesday October 07, 1998

Tropical storm Lisa was intensifying and accelerating towards NE, away from the fleet. Actually Lisa was unusual for this time of year in this position. As the result of her, the so much wished for tradewinds would be nil or very weak, as long Lisa was south of 30N.

MSSomewhere2.jpg (15989 bytes) Somewhere Foto Marek Slodownik

The front-runners were able to take an advantage of favorable winds and pulled away from the pack. They were able to sail south in fresh southwesterlies, but the leading boats were going to get large area of light winds ahead and no tradewinds. It was going to be very hard to reach the doldrums. Marc Thiercelin remained at the top. He was followed by Isabelle, Josh Hall and Mike Golding.

BBProjectAmazon.jpg (23809 bytes) Sebastian Reidl Foto Billy Black
There were still no reports on Fedor Konioukhov and Sebastian Reidl for the last five days, but everything should have been OK with them. Peter Dunning opinion was that the trouble was caused by: "high-tech items for low-tech individuals." Both skippers were having problems with their automatic reporting system. This system had been interrupted, so the automatic positioning did not work. Competitors were still tracked by other satellite network called ARGOS. This system can locate anyone equipped with a special transmitter, anywhere in the world with accuracy of 500 to 3,000 feet.

FolProjAmazon2.jpg (21460 bytes) Project Amazon

Race headquarter was in contact with Reidl via satellite phone and was working on the problem. "It should be fixed in the next 24 hours," said Dunning. They had more trouble with Konioukhov, especially because of the language barrier.

BBKonioukhov.jpg (23712 bytes) Fedor Konioukhov Foto Billy Black
Reidl and Konioukhov were not in the race to win. The reason for Reidl to race was a combination of a long-time personal goal and his mission to raise awareness of the dwindling tropical forests. Konioukhov entered to get an inspiration for his art. A very well known Russian figure, he had climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents as well as skied to the North Pole. He is not only a climber, skier and sailor, but also a painter, writer and philosopher.

Both had financial troubles. Konioukhov due to Russian economy, but lately he was able to find some financial help to be able to continue. Reidl was running a self-funded campaign. For a donation of only $20, the donor's name could be painted on the hull.

Class II group was led by Mouligne followed by Garside and Van Liew. All were within about 60 miles of one another on the distance to Cape Town. Mouligne reported: ''Lisa moved quicker to the East than anticipated and the fleet is safely on the west side, so it did not create as much havoc as it could have. The problem is that the moving depression has also sucked all the wind with it and we are left with a very light North wind. I worked all night trying to keep Cray Valley moving. In these light conditions you can go faster by steering than using the autopilot but you can only steer until you fall asleep. At least it is not like with a car and you go off the road at 100 km per hour! So I have been dozing at the tiller off and on until it became obvious than the autopilot could do a better job than I could, and I switched it back on again. The sun is coming out over the horizon and it looks like a beautiful morning. I am finally moving at 6 to 7 knots, which is no record speed, but better than what I did all night. Normally I would make myself a coffee and go after my daily chores, but I can hardly see straight so I am going to get some rest before I attempt to do anything else. At the latest position report I was holding a slim 20-mile lead on Magellan. I hope he did not have a better night than I did...! "

BBGarsideWWife.jpg (21883 bytes) Michael Garside with his wife Foto Billy Black

Garside was still unable to overtake JP. He had a very fast boat and he was very determined but right now he was 22 miles behind and questioning himself on how was it possible that since the start Mouligne outsmarted him already three times. Three times JP tricked this ex-British Special Forces guy into making an unwise move, which ended up in his trailing behind the Cray Valley.

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Thiercelin

Somewhere

15 51N

046 14W

4744

9.3

0

21.4

2

Hall

Gartmore Inv.Mg

17 17N

046 05W

4794

11.8

49.2

2140

3

Austissier

PRB

15 37N

047 35W

4796

9.2

51.8

2140

4

Golding

Team Group 4

18 07N

045 56W

4820

13.2

75.4

2140

5

Soldini

Fila

25 09N

047 23W

5156

4.1

411.4

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

18 35N

049 24W

4990

4.1

0

2144

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

18 30N

049 45W

5002

3.8

11.9

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

18 34N

050 34W

5040

5.1

50.5

2144

4

Stricker

Papscallion III

26 14N

049 45W

5296

5.5

306.3

2144

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

25 56N

051 05W

5341

5.1

351

2144

6

Davie

South Carolina

25 40N

051 24W

5343

6.9

353.5

2144

7

Petersen

No Barriers

25 16N

052 32W

5376

5.7

386.8

2144

8

Hunter

Paladin II

27 04N

054 58W

5546

6.9

556.6

2144

9

Yazykov

Wind of Change Rus

29 40N

064 58W

6068

8

1078.3

2144

Richard Konkolski
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