Day 33, Wednesday January 6, 1999

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Gartmore Photo Billy Black

By morning Josh Hall was 73 miles from the finish line and doing 6.7 knots. He was expected to finish late evening. Actually, nine more sailors were still at sea. Michael Garside was 457 miles away and very disappointed with his slow progress: "In the first seven days of this leg of the Around Alone, Alphie left 1703 miles in his wake. In the last seven we have covered just 750 - well under half the distance and about one tenth of the total mileage we will have sailed by the time we reach Auckland. In the same week Brad has burnt up 33 percent more sea than me, with 1105 miles sailed, and Viktor Yazykov, almost as many as Brad at 1097. I have been caught up in this Tasman Sea high for a week now - and there seems no immediate end to it. In fact, it could take another 9 days to reach our destination. This would give Cray Valley a lead of 11 days for the leg. With the day-lead he had at the end of leg 1, that gives J-P an advantage of 12 days at the halfway mark."

BBWindofChange.jpg (16093 bytes) Yazykov's Wind of Change Russia Photo Billy Black
Yazykov was making the fleet's best average speed of 9.7 knots, compared to Garside's 7.8 knots. He shortened the distance to Garside by 146 miles during last 24 hours. Saito, who was next to Victor, was still 2344 miles out and sailing at an average speed of 5.2 knots. Neal Petersen, over 120 miles behind Saito, reported: "Today I logged off the Indian Ocean satellite and logged onto the Pacific Ocean Region. The Indian Ocean is astern, at last, as we have crossed another sea. Tasmania is 960 miles away, the second last turn towards Auckland. Tonight the winds have been fickle. I went south looking for breeze, then gybed to head east and now north of east with some light winds pushing us along. It was relatively warm here today."

MSDavie5.jpg (13958 bytes) Robin Davie Photo Marek Slodownik

Robin Davie who was almost 2000 miles behind Petersen reported almost the same conditions: "I can only describe the weather as totally unbelievable - here we are south of 50 degrees south and well and truly becalmed - no wind - not even a light air at the moment - 0.0kts on the log. In a sentence - we ain't going anywhere fast - and I've just been overtaken by this afternoon's teabag...."

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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

35 34S

174 52E

73

6.7

72.6

2140

5

Konioukhov

Mod.Univ.Human.

46 40S

102 42E

3353

6.7

3353.4

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

37 18S

168 04E

457

7.9

457.2

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

37 10S

167 13E

487

7.5

486.9

2144

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

38 51S

164 34E

646

9.7

646.2

1958

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

45 27S

128 34E

2279

5.2

2279.1

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

46 28S

125 43E

2400

6.1

2399.8

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

45 43S

116 47E

2773

6

2772.6

2144

8

Davie

South Carolina

49 50S

082 33E

4145

5.5

4144.6

2144

9

Stricker

Rapscallion III

Retired

0

0

03.7

0

0

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