Day 01, Saturday December 05, 1998

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Cape Town Photo Richard Konkolski

The start for the second leg was set for Saturday December 5 at noon local time. The wind was light with high pressure system sitting ESE from Cape Town. This weather situation made planning easy for skippers at the early stage of this leg. The best track was sailing south as much as possible to avoid the high with light wind. There was a greater chance of getting stronger wind and higher speed further south.

The fleet was reduced to 15 boats after Reidl's withdrawal during the first leg. But not all 15 boats were ready to start. Class I's Fedor Konioukhov and Class II's Robin Davie made decisions to spend extra time in port to finish work on their boats. Konioukhov had to finish repairs on his autopilot and keel. Davie had problems with replacing the rudder he lost during the first leg. Both were planing to start as soon as they could. Davie was hoping to leave Cape Town on Monday.

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Konioukhov and Davie
Photo Billy Black

The start was slow. The boats stayed far from the start line and it took almost a minute before the first boat crossed it after the gun. Giovanni Soldini took a lead for this 7,000 miles long leg to Auckland, New Zealand. Spectator fleet of over 200 boats watched as J.P. Mouligne was second to cross the start followed by Hall, Thiercelin and Golding.
MSSoldiniFace.jpg (18695 bytes) Giovanni Soldini Photo Marek Slodownik

Isabelle Autissier was further back struggling with flapping sails. She had some kind of problem after which she was kept back by light wind. As the fleet was disappearing over the horizon there was no clear leader. Soldini, Hall and Thiercelin formed a leading trio.

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Soldini, Hall & Thiercelin

By the end of the day Soldini was leading Class I with a two mile lead over Golding and Mouligne was topping Class II with almost three mile lead over the next boat.

MSMouligne1.jpg (12376 bytes) J.P. Mouligne Photo Marek Slodownik

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Soldini

Fila

35 10S

018 10E

6998

7.3

0

2140

2

Golding

Team Group 4

35 10S

018 06E

7000

7.3

2.1

2140

3

Hall

Gartmore

35 02S

018 06E

7005

6.4

7.3

2140

4

Autissier

PRB

35 07S

018 00E

7005

7

7.6

2140

5

Thiercelin

Somewhere

35 04S

018 03E

7006

7

8.1

2140

6

Konioukhov

Mod.Univ.Human.

33 54S

018 25E

7042

0

44.5

2140

Class 2

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

35 01S

018 05E

7006

6.1

0

2144

2

Van Liew

Balance Bar

34 57S

018 06E

7009

5.6

2.8

2144

3

Garside

Magellan Alpha

34 54S

018 03E

7013

5.3

6.6

2144

4

Stricker

Parscallion III

34 42S

018 13E

7016

4.3

9.5

2144

5

Yazykov

Wind of Change

34 37S

018 16E

7017

4

10.8

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

34 29S

018 04E

7030

3.5

23.3

2144

7

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

34 28S

018 04E

7030

3.2

23.8

2144

8

Hunter

Paladin II

34 26S

018 03E

7033

2.8

26.7

2144

9

Davie

South Caroina

33 54S

018 25E

7042

0

36

2144

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