Day 15, Saturday October 10, 1988

Two weeks have passed, well over 4,000 miles were left to go to Cape Town, and nothing had been decided in either class. Thiercelin picked the lead five days ago and still held it with 65 miles advantage over Mike Golding, 84 miles over Josh Hall, and 127 miles ahead of Isabelle Autissier. Giovanni Soldini was 379 miles behind Thiercelin.

BBThiercelinFace.jpg (17517 bytes)  Marc Thiercelin Foto Billy Black

In Class II, Mouligne continued to lead with 14 miles advantage over Mike Garside. The wind conditions were light, but the tradewinds' strength should rise. JP finally got some wind during the night and he had been reaching 12 to 13 knots all night. Competitors were getting the positions at 1100 GMT every day and they called it "the 11 o'clock news..." Through the day they were getting two more updates at 1700 and 2300 GMT, so everybody was well aware of how they were doing compared to each another.

BBMouligne.jpg (21493 bytes) Jean-Pierre Mouligne Foto Billy Black

Even the boats a little more behind had the same light winds. Petersen noticed: "The wind has been hard on the nose, but we have stayed moving at 5+ knots. I made 129 mile progress in the last 24hr. We did manage to close the gap a bit with Saito and Davis. They were, earlier in the day, less than 30 miles ahead of me in the same area. That is good news as it means they have the same conditions."
BBNoBarriersBow.jpg (26929 bytes) No Barriers Foto Billy Black

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Thiercelin

Somewhere

09 50N

040 40W

4263

10.8

0

1540

2

Golding

Team Group 4

11.53N

040 18W

4329

9.8

65.8

1540

3

Hall

Gartmore Inv.Mg

11 41N

040 55W

4347

8.2

84.4

1540

4

Austissier

PRB

11 26N

042 07W

4390

9.4

127.2

1540

5

Soldini

Fila

20 02N

039 53W

4642

9.4

379.2

1540

6

Konioukhov

Mod Univ Human

21 40N

054 11W

5315

0

869.3

1852

7

Reidl

Project Amazon

24 26N

047 29W

5132

0

453.9

1606

Class 2

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

14 57N

046 22W

4716

8.9

0

1544

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

15 10N

046 29W

1730

8.6

13.8

1544

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

15 37N

046 37W

4753

8.4

37

1544

4

Stricker

Papscallion III

24 25N

044 01W

4990

4.1

273.7

1544

5

Davie

South Carolina

22 39N

046 23W

5017

5

300.7

1544

6

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

22 30N

046 44W

5025

3.7

309.4

1544

7

Petersen

No Barriers

22 46N

046 33W

5028

5.5

311.8

1544

8

Hunter

Paladin II

26 13N

048 34W

5246

3.8

530.2

1544

9

Yazykov

Wind of Change Rus

25 48N

057 23W

6505

6.3

889.3

1544

Richard Konkolski
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