Day 62, Thursday November 26, 1998

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Neil Hunter Foto Marek Slodownik

At 7.44 p.m. local time, Hunter crossed the finish line after 61 days, 1 hour, 29 minutes and 51 seconds at sea. Hunter looked happy to have arrived just two days before the Saturday, 28th of November. He said that he never worried about making the deadline. With his time he took seventh place, bumping the earlier arrived Yazykov and Davie behind him due to their time penalties. He was the last Class 2 boat to finish the first leg. Only Konioukhov was still at sea with 156 miles to go.

BBPaladinII.jpg (23070 bytes) Paladin II Foto Billy Black
Less than three weeks before the start Hunter's boat was dismasted by a microburst triggered by hurricane Earl. Hunter was caught with his mast shrouds partially disconnected for some ongoing repairs. The mast went down creating a hole in his boat deck and damaging a fellow competitor's yacht moored alongside.

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Neil Hunter Foto Billy Black

Hunter was devastated. He had sailed 13,000 miles just to get to Charleston for the start. He had no sponsor except some help from an Australian TV. But with the help of enthusiastic Americans he was able to find a matching mast in Newport, RI and use it as a replacement for his 40 foot long boat build in 1985.

MSHunter2.jpg (14007 bytes) Neil Hunter Foto Marek Slodownik
Before 49 years old Hunter left Australia, he quit his job and sold everything he owned to do the Around Alone race. The first leg was a great racing experience for him, but he said that next time he would definitely sail it differently.

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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

34 19S

015 19E

156

4.5

155.6

1847

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

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

8

Davie

South Caroline

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

9

Hunter

Paladin II

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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