Day 09, Sunday February 14, 1999

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Marc Thiercelin Photo Billy Black

For the second time since the start from Auckland, Marc Thiercelin broke the 24-hour single-handed speed record. He did 396.5 miles and he was averaging 16.5 knots. But by the end of the day Isabelle was still only 33 miles behind him and faster than Marc. She wrote: "One more fast day behind the front, and we'll be hit by another low, probably a more powerful one. It's getting really cold, and the seas are pretty large, but things are all right. Lots of time spent on watch; not much new happening."

Soldini was more than a knot slower and dropped 112 miles back behind the leader and Josh Hall still had 132 miles to go to reach the Chatham Islands.

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The Class II boats were 650 miles behind and experiencing milder weather conditions. They were positioned more than one degree more north and that made a difference. Mouligne was making the best average speed of 12.2 knots and took the lead. Garside dropped from his leading position 20 miles back behind JP. All three leading boats from Class II were widening the gap on really solo sailing Victor Yazykov. He was 290 miles behind them and complaining about not having much wind. The rest of the Class II boats were more than 550 miles behind Yazykov.

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Thiercelin

Somewhere

53 42S

131 21W

3283

15.1

0

2140

2

Autissier

PRB

53 47S

132 21W

3316

15.5

33

2140

3

Soldini

Fila

52 29S

133 55W

3394

13.8

111.6

2140

4

Hall

Gartmore

Retiring

to

Chatham Is.

0

0

0

Class 2

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Garside

Magellan Alpha

51 33S

150 01W

39 67

12.2

0

2144

2

Mouligne

Cray Valley

52 31S

151 12W

3986

8.6

19.2

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

50 30S

152 04W

4063

9.8

18.2

2144

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

48 35S

156 09W

4258

10.1

10.4

2144

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

47 15S

171 08W

4814

7.1

28.3

2144

6

Petersen

No Bariers

45 33S

170 56W

4864

7.2

38.6

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

44 50S

172 39W

4948

6.4

38.8

2144

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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