Day 36, Saturday January 09, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Mike Garside and Brad Van Liew were approaching Cape Reinga at the top of North Island this morning. Russian skipper Viktor Yazykov was just 52 miles behind Van Liew and making nearly nine knots.

FolMagelanAlphaAir.jpg (20116 bytes) Garside's Magellan Alpha

Michael Garside was quite frustrated with no-wind conditions. He wrote: "Today it's the 34th day of Leg 2 of Around Alone and the sun is just breaking through a small gap between the horizon and the sheet cloud overhead. And yet again the wind has died away to nothing. As Magellan Alpha shakes and shudders on a nasty broken sea and the sails slat and bang against the rigging, I can sit here at my nav station and honestly say that the last 11 days of this race have been one on the most dreary, depressing experiences of my whole life. I will never be able to look back on the Tasman Sea with any pleasure at all. And now that Alphie has crept to another windless halt I wonder whether I am going to drift north onto the rocks of Three Kings or south east into the shallows off Cape Reinga.

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Yazykov's Wond of Change Russia Photo Billy Black

By the end of the day Garside had 55 miles to go with Balance Bar only one mile behind his stern. Yazykov and his 40-footer Wind of Change cut the gap to 50 miles. The remaining distance to the finish line was too short now for Victor to be able to improve his standing. But second place was open for Magellan Alpha and Balance Bar, which were only one mile apart.

Minoru Saito Photo Billy Black BBMinoruSaitoFace.jpg (17583 bytes)

In fifth place, Minoru Saito was 1893 miles from Auckland. Saito was leading a pack of five sailors who still had over 2.000 miles to go: Neal Petersen, Neil Hunter, Fedor Konioukhov and Robin Davie. These competitors were now also racing the clock. By race rules, to be eligible for Leg 3 all skippers must be in Auckland on 30th of January, one week prior to the 6th of February restart.

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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

Auckland

0

0

0

0

0

5

Konioukhov

Mod.Univ.Human.

47 46S

112 34E

2933

5.9

2933

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

35 52S

174 36E

55

8.1

55.2

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

35 51S

174 37E

56

8.7

55.8

2144

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

35 04S

174 20E

105

3.9

105.4

2216

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

45 57S

137 55E

1893

8.2

1893.4

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

45 54S

135 43E

1984

6.7

1983.5

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

45 48S

126 33E

2364

4.4

2364.1

2144

8

Davie

South Carolina

49 50S

098 26E

3531

8

3530.9

2144

9

Stricker

Rapscallion III

Retired

0

0

0

0

0

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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