Day 45, Monday November 9, 1998

By the end of the day George Stricker finally reached the Eastern Hemisphere and was less than 750 miles from finish line. He was doing over seven knots and it looked like he might finish by the end of the week.
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Over four hundred miles behind was hard-fighting Davie with his rudderless boat averaging less than four knots. He was steering his boat by balancing sails and it started showing. To be able to keep some reasonable direction, his sails were continuously pounded by strong wind from wrong direction. A gust of this wind just simply ripped his jib leaving behind a 30 feet long tear. All this happened during dark, rainy and miserable night.

Davie was doing his best, but with all his effort he was not able to stop Yazykov who was only 11 miles behind him and gaining. Even with his crippled rigging, Victor was doing almost seven knots. Petersen, sailing right behind, was able to gain almost 20 miles back from yesterday's loss but still remained in seventh place followed only by Saito and Hunter.
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It seemed that the rest of sailors were occupied with sailing and nobody had time for reporting back to race headquarter. Only Konioukhov, who was closing the whole pack, reported though his son: "Hello everybody, I am now in the middle of the Atlantic, going down by 170 degrees. Keel is doing good, but I have to check his bolts every day with my tools, for now the bolts are not moving. I am planning to reach Cape Town by 25 of November and I will continue my trip to Auckland after required repairs. This is my dream to go around the world and if the God and boat will let me do that I will."

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Foto Richard Konkolski

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

0

2

Autissier

PRB

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

3

Thiercelin

Somewhere

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

4

Hall

PRB

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

5

Soldini

Fila

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

6

Konioukhov

Mod Univ Human

21 59S

023 45W

2329

0

0

1735

7

Reidl

Project Amazon

Retired

0

0

0

0

0

Class 2

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

4

Stricker

Rapscallion III

34 13S

003 23E

747

7.1

747

2144

5

Davie

South Caroline

36 10S

005 19W

1172

3.7

1172

2144

6

Yazykov

Wind of Change

32 30S

005 19W

1183

6.7

1182.9

2144

7

Petersen

No Barriers

34 04S

006 08W

1219

5.3

1219

2144

8

Saito

Shuten-dohji

33 27S

010 48W

1455

1.7

1454.5

2144

9

Hunter

Paladin II

22 49S

020 08W

2127

6.5

2127.4

2144

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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