Day 31, Monday January 4, 1998

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Photo Richard Konkolski

It was quiet day after all excitement caused by finishers. The next boat to finish was 625 miles away. Mike Garside actually got so much of quietness, that it drived him crazy: "I do not know what I have done to deserve being mocked so cruelly. I could accept losing the wind to drive Magellan Alpha towards the finish line if the other two boats on the same bit of sea with me were suffering the same fate. But no, Gartmore 53 miles due east of me and Balance Bar 88 miles due west are moving at 6 knots. All day, despite posting myself in the cockpit to helm and tack non-stop, trying to gain advantage from every pathetic puff of breeze that passes my way, I have managed to average just 1 knot."

FolMagelanAlphaAir4.jpg (16741 bytes) Garside's Magellan Alpha
Actually he did only 29 miles during last 24 hours and it looked like he was loosing ground on Balance Bar which got only 50 miles behind his stern as well as on Wind of Change now only 450 miles back behind him. The rest of the fleet was quiet. Only Neil Hunter send a message: "Another mainsail batten car broke yesterday with a consequent lot of stuffing around fixing it. Missed the radio sched with Neal Petersen and Minoru because of the above, so will be interested in hearing how they are going this morning. Both have edged a bit further south, as have I, due to the wind direction. Have just poled out the headsail and am running dead downwind and due east and I can’t think of anything else exciting to talk about for the moment so...."

Zapad2.jpg (13918 bytes)
Photo Richard Konkolski

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Soldini

Fila

Auckland

0

0

0

0

0

2

Thierceli

Somewhere

Auckland

0

0

0

0

0

3

Autissier

PRB

Auckland

0

0

0

0

0

4

Hall

Gartmore

37 27S

168 15E

455

9.6

455.2

2140

5

Konioukhov

Mod.Univ.Human.

45 43S

096 28E

3613

3.9

3612.9

2140

6

Golding

Team Group 4

Retired

Auckland

0

0

0

0

Class 2

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

Auckland

0

0

0

0

0

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

38 42S

164 59E

625

0.9

624.6

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

38 30S

163 38E

675

1.2

674.6

2144

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

41 17S

155 29E

1085

8

1084.7

1956

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

45 14S

120 49E

2606

7

2605.9

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

46 02S

117 40E

2734

7.7

2734.2

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

45 06S

110 38E

3034

6.4

3034.3

2144

8

Davie

South Carolina

50 35S

075 18E

4415

7.7

4415.1

2144

9

Stricker

Rapscallion III

Retired

0

0

0

0

0

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