Day 46, Tuesday, January 19, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Tropical cyclone Dani, with sustained winds of 80 knots, was moving in SSE direction with speed of 6 knots. Dani should move over New Caledonia and then was predicted that she should pass about 400 miles NE of Auckland within the next five to six days. In the Southern Hemisphere, low-pressure systems spin clockwise and that would create not favorable winds of E- ESE direction with speed of 25-35 knots. That was something that the remaining fleet really did not need to help them finish on time.

BBShutenDohjiII.jpg (27737 bytes) Saito's Shuten-dohji II Photo Billy Black

At present time Saito was 646 miles from the finish, closely followed by Petersen, who again fell behind the Japanese sailor. Considering the distance to the finish, Saito regained lead of 1 mile, but with the rising wind and with his bigger boat he should be able to finish before the rival Petersen.

MSPetersen1.jpg (14796 bytes) Neil Petersen Photo Marek Slodownik

Neal Petersen was definitively not happy with his dropping behind Saito again. He reported: "I have no more hair left on my head. I have pulled it all out in immense frustration. During the last 12 hours I have drifted 14 miles. I had a faster crossing through the Doldrums than I have had in this sea, or rather parking lot. I still had Minoru in sight at sunset, but he was ahead of me. I have tried to tack north, only to get pushed NW. I am back on a tack to the southeast. I want to go northeast, and I can't get there. I have tacked back to the N-NW. There is no point in following Minoru. Nor is there any point following the high east."

Robin Davie had the same light wind condition, being 1979 miles from finish. He wrote: "Our speed remains well down, a reflection on the lightening of the wind, and the necessity to keep the speed controllable in the squalls, which means going slow in the lighter winds in between."

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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.

42 59S

151 01E

1306

7.4

1306.3

1901

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

39 27S

165 06E

646

4.7

646

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

39 11S

164 49E

647

3.8

647.4

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

42 03S

157 16E

1031

6.6

1030.5

2144

8

Davie

South Carolina

47 58S

136 26E

1979

6

1978.9

2144

9

Stricker

Rapscallion III

Retired

0

0

0

0

0

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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