Day 54, Wednesaday November 18, 1998

Robin Davie MSDavie1.jpg (14699 bytes) Foto Marek Slodownik

It was a quiet day. Not much wind and about as much news. Davie described it well in his e-mail: "The miles tell the story - it's been light winds, light airs, and calms… The vagaries of the wind are just unbelievable, and only beaten by the vagaries of South Carolina with no rudder… You balance up the boat, it heels and away you go moving well - for 5 or 10 or 15 minutes maybe, and then that all familiar bang of sail, and lurch of boat as it rolls to the sea, the wind has died yet again, South Carolina has fallen off course, and we may well be pointing towards Uruguay rather than Cape Town. It can take 20 or 30 minutes to persuade the rudderless SC in a light air calm that she wants to come around and point towards Cape Town."

Fedor Konioukhov MSKonioukhov1Tvar.jpg (9870 bytes) Foto Marek Slodownik

Fedor Konioukhov, the last sailor in the fleet, was happier, doing slightly over four knots. "Hi everybody," he wrote, "I am carrying now all the sails, except spinnaker. No time to speak, no time to cook. I have to steer and work with sails all the time."

VlnaParmeliaHandl.jpg (24118 bytes)
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

34 30S

008 50W

1349

4.3

1349

1222

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

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

5

Yazykov

Wind of Change

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

6

Petersen

No Barriers

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

7

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

35 08S

012 02E

325

6.8

324.5

2144

8

Davie

South Caroline

36 00S

009 39E

449

3.1

449.2

2144

9

Hunter

Paladin II

34 18S

005 10W

1170

7.2

1169.8

2144

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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