Day 37, Sunday November 1, 1998

Josh Hall on Gartmore Investment Management was the next boat expected to arrive. Josh had 168 miles to go with Soldini 273 miles behind him. The next and last boat in Class I was over 3,000 miles behind Hall. Konioukhov's son Oscar reported that his father had managed to tighten all but two of the bolts, stopping the movement of the keel and reducing the water flow. Oscar Konioukhov wrote, "The boat has three rows of bolts with nine in each row. Everything is okay except two bolts, which are under the mast support. Fedor was able to tighten all the bolts except those two. His keel is not moving." Fedor was the last competitor to reach the Southern Hemisphere.

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Foto Richard Konkolski

In Class II, J.P. Mouligne was one of the fortunate competitors. He continued to lead despite his problems with the mainsail. JP widened his lead on Balance Bar to 146 miles with only 987 miles to the finish.

Second place Balance Bar was knocked on her side with the sails backwinded and the water ballast on the wrong side of the boat. Brad was able to right the boat after freeing the sheets and transferring the ballast. Later he wrote: "Everything is shipshape again now and I am on my way, having the wind off my starboard for the first time in weeks."

In third place, Mike Garside was closing the gap with only 86 miles astern of the Balance Bar. During his next accident he remembered Chay Blyth drumming into the crew volunteers for the BT Global Challenge, as well as Robin Davie's words to him as one of the three golden rules of single-handed sailing. "Always expect the unexpected!" His battery switch and electric wires were burned during charging. At least he could smell the melting plastic and was able to stop the generator.

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Magellan Alpha

The fourth-place Robin Davie was averaging almost five knots despite a broken rudder aboard his boat. His trouble created opportunity for George Stricker and his Rapscallion to close Davie's lead on him to 118 miles. Yazykov was able to pass Saito. Only Neal Petersen was taking an easy approach to the race. He wrote: "The wind vane is steering, we are doing seven knots, my course is desirable, so why sit up there and get wet. There will be plenty of time to get wet."

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Golding

Team Group 4

Cape

Town

0

0

0

 

2

Autissier

PRB

Cape

Town

0

0

0

 

3

Thiercelin

Somewhere

Cape

Town

0

0

0

 

4

Hall

Gartmore

34 33S

015 07E

168

9.2

168.3

2140

5

Soldini

Fila

39 13S

012 08E

441

13.2

440.6

2140

6

Konioukhov

Mod Univ Human

03 46S

034 36W

3459

6.8

3459.4

1958

7

Reidl

Project Amazon

Retired

 

 

 

 

 

Class 2

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

37 02S

001 26W

987

11.9

0

2144

2

Van Liew

Balance Bar

37 12S

004 29W

1133

10

146.2

2144

3

Garside

Magellan Alpha

36 24S

005 56W

1202

9.9

214.5

2144

4

Davie

South Caroline

29 30S

024 11W

2176

4.7

1189

2144

5

Stricker

Rapscallion III

27 55S

025 56W

2294

7

1307

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

21 45S

027 04W

2499

6.9

1512.1

2144

7

Yazykov

Wind of Change

15 28S

027 21W

2702

10

1714.8

2144

8

Saito

Shuten-dohji

18 42S

029 26W

2704

8

1716.7

2144

9

Hunter

Paladin II

07 53S

031 10W

3146

6.9

2159.3

2144

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