Day 38, Monday January 11, 1999

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Mike Golding Photo Marek slodownik

Golding issued a short statement to the press: "It is with much sadness that I have to announce my retirement from the 1998-99 Around Alone race." By this announcement he officially withdrew from the whole competition. He did it after full inspection of his boat, which hit ground rounding Cape Reinga on New Year's Day.

MSGolding1.jpg (14094 bytes) Mike Golding Photo Marek slodownik

After discussions with Owen and Conq, Golding was convinced that trying to continue would be extremely irresponsible and dangerous with the existing keel, and it was impossible to replace the keel blade in time for the start of Leg 3 scheduled on February 6, 1999.

BBTeamGroup.jpg (20587 bytes) Team Group 4 Photo Billy Black

Golding was devastated by the reality of withdrawing from the race, but his team was already planning to ship the boat back to France, where the boat was built. There, the boat would undergo complete refit as well as the keel replacement. Golding new plans were to turn his full attentions to preparing for the Vendee and some other races. Golding had won the first leg and was expected to extend his overall Class I lead before he damaged his boat only 200 miles from the finish line.

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Team Group 4

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 54S

120 39E

2607

7.6

2607.4

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

Auckland

0

0

0

0

0

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

Auckland

0

0

0

0

0

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

Auckland

0

0

0

0

0

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

45 08S

145 39E

1567

7.6

1566.5

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

44 43S

143 16E

1657

7.8

1657

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

45 35S

133 59E

2053

6.9

2052.5

2144

8

Davie

South Carolina

48 28S

104 37E

3280

6.1

3280.3

2144

9

Stricker

Rapscallion III

Retired

0

0

0

0

0

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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