Day 26, Wednesday October 21, 1998

The weather system of South Atlantic was formed by an unusual layout of two high pressures and a stalled front running from port Recife, Brazil in southeasterly direction right between those two highs. It would cause lighter winds for forerunners, which would not only slow them down, but also force them to sail more in a westerly direction then they would like. This was already becoming noticeable in their tracks.

FolIsaUStezne.jpg (36453 bytes) Isabele Austissier

In Class I some shifting in positions had occurred. First, Isabelle and Hall lost 15 miles on Thiercelin. Golding gained on him two miles, which put him in third place bypassing Hall who dropped into fourth place. Soldini lost over 30 miles and Konioukhov dropped another 50 miles further back.

FolSodiniOnDeck.jpg (24861 bytes) Giovanni Soldini

Autissier reported that her jury-rig repair was holding: "The repair seems okay but I have to be very careful when using the genoa and I cannot go to windward with it. I kept watch all night in the weather front. No other way to avoid it now. Boat-breaking weather: no wind and a huge swell. I can only wait until it passes." Later at 3 p.m. she added: "Violent weather. Not easy to navigate with sails reefed so far. The stay is loose but the mast is OK."

FolTeamGroupLight.jpg (15166 bytes) Golding's Team Group 4
In Class II Mouligne took back the lead. He was spending all his free time studying weather and trying make a decision on his next move for reaching Cape Town. After hard study he came to a conclusion: "In a way I am glad that the most sophisticated computer cannot predict the weather accurately. Intuition, experience and some luck is still what makes you win races." We can only wait patiently for what will happen next.

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Mouligne Foro Marek Slodownik

From Balance Bar came this message: "Winds are from the ESE at 15kts. The seas have a rolling swell left over from something but the chop on top is fairly light. My back is feeling a little better (still spending any spare time lying down), and my fourth attempt at a jury rig for the jib lead cars has held overnight and doesn't show any wear."

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Robin Davie Foto Billy Black

Robin Davie, who was in fourth place and leading the second part of Class II boats, has finally crossed the equator. It was his seventh equatorial crossing under sails including two previous BOC Challenge Races. Despite trouble with his water ballast system he is getting along easier with his new boat.

Further back, about 650 miles behind Jean-Pierre, Neal Petersen sent a message: "Not much wind and I have been doing 3 to 5 knots of boat speed in 8-13 knots of wind. I am fighting some kind of current and trying to go east to get away from the hump of Brazil. My speed through the water has been less than 3 knots. So going east has postponed my Equator crossing for tomorrow. I want to say it will be Friday, but as long as I can make easting, I want to keep going, otherwise its back to Brazil. I love Brazil and would some coffe, but not this voyage."
BBRapscallionIIIBow.jpg (25937 bytes) Stricker's Rapscallion Foto Billy Black

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Thiercelin

Somewhere

20 48S

026 21W

2490

10.6

0

2140

2

Austissier

PRB

20 42S

027 00W

2525

8.9

34.8

2140

3

Golding

Team Group 4

20 08S

028 17W

2605

9.3

114.6

2140

4

Hall

Gartmore

19 49S

028 30W

2625

8.8

134.4

2140

5

Soldini

Fila

19 03S

033 20W

2887

10.2

396.3

2140

6

Konioukhov

Mod Univ Human

08 17N

041 58W

4260

0

1761.5

1200

7

Reidl

Project Amazon

Retired

 

 

 

 

 

Class 2

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

14 10S

032 30W

2995

9.5

0

2144

2

Van Liew

Balance Bar

14 26S

032 41W

2996

8.2

0.8

2144

3

Garside

Magellan Alpha

10 22S

034 44W

3230

8.9

235.1

2144

4

Davie

South Carolina

03 15S

033 38W

3433

7.7

437.9

2144

5

Stricker

Rapscallion III

02 04N

031 48W

3558

3.6

562.7

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

02 42N

034 12W

3690

0

649.8

1544

7

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

04 27N

032 27W

3683

2.6

687.5

2144

8

Yazykov

Wind of Change

08 06N

035 07W

3949

9.5

953.8

2144

9

Hunter

Paladin II

07 51N

035 41W

3964

7.5

968.3

2144

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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