Day 52, Monday January 25, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

The southwest Pacific has been lately active with tropical storms. When Minoru Saito and Neal Petersen approached Cape Reinga they have been halted by unfavorable gale force wind, which forced them tack to reach the finish line. Two days later both competitors were struggling to make any progress in light winds. By the end of the day Saito was 94 miles from the finish and Petersen had 98 miles to go. Actually, the light conditions favored Petersen, who was able to make some miles on Saito and his much heavier boat. Both sailors were doing slightly over 3 knots and it was hoped that they would finish by tomorrow.

BBShutenDohjiIIStearn.jpg (39691 bytes) Shuten-dohji II Photo Billy Black

Robin Davie had finally rounded the Tasmania and became the latest victim of the light Tasman Sea winds that dominated there for the entire month of January. He reported: "Another 24 hours of calms, light winds, summer sunshine, and a beautiful sunset with the coast of southern Tasmania getting visibly closer as what winds there are conspire to draw SC ever nearer. Yesterday's light winds held most of the day but backed into the west and eventually southwest. The big asymmetric chute pulled us along nicely at 5 knots with the wind around the beam, though the level of apparent wind was so low that 'Otto', the monitor self-steering, had difficulty holding a straight course, so for much of the day I steered myself. A perfect day to be sat out on the cockpit coaming, tiller in hand with the Tasmanian hills becoming a coastline ahead as the afternoon wore on."

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The Sea 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.

33 19S

165 56E

518

3.1

517.6

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

35 12S

174 48E

94

3.2

94.3

2144

6

Petersen

No Barriers

35 11S

174 22E

98

3.2

98.1

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

33 51S

171 12E

256

4.7

255.9

2144

8

Davie

South Carolina

42 53S

148 36E

1406

7

1405.7

1902

9

Stricker

Rapscallion III

Retired

0

0

0

0

0

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