Day 45, Monday January 18, 1999

Zapad4.jpg (22731 bytes)
Photo Richard Konkolski

Sailing conditions were getting lighter for all boats. That also meant that everybody had to work much harder to at least maintain some speed. Neal Petersen who took the lead of the rest of the fleet was about 700 miles from Auckland by the end of the day. Earlier he reported: "In less than a mile distance I will be out of the Roaring Forties. This is a relief, but of course, that means less wind. Right now I'm struggling for wind. I am leading Minoru by 10 miles, and just barely hanging on to it. I am less than 850 miles from the finish line, and it is going to be a race to the end. Shuten-dohji 2 is 10 feet longer than I am. Twice today I had a visual on him on the horizon. He is going to be hard work staying ahead of when the winds pick up. I am trying to rest now, so that I can push when we get wind. In the winds under 10 knots from ahead, I can hold him off. Likewise with winds up to 12 knots from astern when I can carry a spinnaker. Right now I have him to windward and astern slightly… I have only one autopilot ram working and it better last to Auckland or else I have to steer in the light stuff."

MSPetersen5.jpg (12585 bytes) Neil Petersen Photo Marek Slodownik

Meantime all boats in Auckland were going through a maintenance process in Viaduct Basin boatyard. Shore teams were very busy as the start date for Leg 3, set on February 6, was coming up fast. The remaining boats still at sea would have tough time getting ready for the next sailing - if they managed to finish in time at all.

FolTeamGroupDraSide.jpg (16527 bytes) Golding's Team Group 4

Team Group 4 was tied in a transportation cradle with her hull ready for wrap-up cover. Her keel was lying along the boat. All was ready for transportation back to France, where the boat was born.

VlnaZalam.jpg (27271 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

Auckland

0

0

0

0

0

5

Konioukhov

Mod.Univ.Human.

45 35S

148 06E

1480

7.1

1479.5

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

Petersen

No Barriers

39 40S

163 50E

701

3.6

700.8

2144

6

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

39 47S

163 51E

705

4.1

705

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

43 13S

154 26E

1174

2

1173.9

2144

8

Davie

South Carolina

48 10S

133 12E

2108

7.9

2108.2

2144

9

Stricker

Rapscallion III

Retired

0

0

0

0

0

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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