Day 22, Saturday October 17, 1988

Early today, Autissier had closed to within nine miles of class leader Marc Thiercelin. She was sailing within two miles of the Brazilian coastline and fighting adverse current along the shoreline. Race officials were concerned about her close vicinity to shore and they contacted her via the COMSAT-C. Isabelle almost immediately replied: "Not in arms of Brazilian coast. Do not worry. I'm okay. Just trying to escape the bloody current."
BBPRBSail.jpg (20562 bytes)   Austissier's PRB Foto Billy Black

Garside had dropped to third place. He was 43 miles behind leader Brad Van Liew and 16 miles astern of J.P. Mouligne. He was still struggling with the keel's hydraulic leak. He used up all of his engine and cooking oil and was able to stabilize the keel amidships. Jean-Pierre moved to second place.

BBMagelanAlphaStearn.jpg (28476 bytes)  Garside's Magellan Alpha Foto Billy Black

He sent the following message: "Yesterday I was able to fix the batten problem on the main sail. After reinforcing the ends with fiberglass tape I drilled the ends and bolted them in place. The whole repair job took me 3 hours of precious time but I was happy to see that I did not lose too much ground. The main sail is up again and looks very good and I am back at full efficiency. I carry a minimum amount of tools and spare parts on board partially to save weight and also because Phil is afraid that I would hurt myself or get confused if I had too many! So back to racing. I am 40 miles from the Equator on a close reach to make the tip of Brazil. It is a beautiful morning, 15 knots of wind and flat seas. Today, Balance Bar has a 20 miles lead."
BBCrayValley.jpg (20326 bytes) Cray Valley Foto Billy Black

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Thiercelin

Somewhere

09 06S

033 32W

3216

13.2

0

2140

2

Austissier

PRB

08 21S

033 19W

3233

10.9

16.5

2140

3

Hall

Gartmore

07 17S

034 01W

3303

9.3

87.2

2140

4

Golding

Team Group 4

07 21S

034 17W

3311

11.1

94.4

2140

5

Soldini

Fila

02 57S

034 07W

3458

9.4

251.5

2140

6

Konioukhov

Mod Univ Human

11 56N

046 17W

4551

0.8

1334.4

2032

7

Reidl

Project Amazon

Retired

         

Class 2

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Van Liew

Balance Bar

01 47S

035 33W

3578

8.5

0

2144

2

Mouligne

Cray Valley

00 58S

035 20W

3599

9.2

21.1

2144

3

Garside

Magellan Alpha

00 42S

035 39W

3624

8.6

45.5

2144

4

Davie

South Carolina

08 21N

033 46W

3901

5.1

322.5

2144

5

Stricker

Rapscallion III

10 42N

033 16W

3977

7.3

399.1

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

09 29N

037 02W

4089

3

510.3

2144

7

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

09 31N

037 13W

4098

2.4

519.5

2144

8

Hunter

Paladin II

14 57N

040 48W

4473

6

894.5

2144

9

Yazykov

Wind of Change

13 28N

043 51W

4547

6.9

968.7

2144

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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