Day 14, Friday February 19, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Unpredicted Southern Ocean weather supplied the racing fleet with snow, hail, gales, calms, confused seas, headwinds and tailwinds. Despite all of that, the overall leader Marc Thiercelin was approaching Drake Channel, a relatively narrow ocean strip separating Cape Horn and the Antarctica. He dived south to almost 59-degree south, giving wide berth to Cape Horn.

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The second-placed Giovanni Soldini was 452 miles back astern of the leader and continuing to hold an easterly heading just about in 55th parallel.

In the Class II, about 260 miles separated the first three boats. The leader, J.P. Mouligne, was unable to send a dispatch because he was between satellite coverage areas. But he was well as was the rest of the fleet.

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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

58 38S

086 50W

1782

13.2

0

2140

2

Soldini

Fila

54 45S

100 00W

2233

13.6

451.7

2140

3

Autissier

PRB

Rescued

by

Soldini

0

0

0

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

Mouligne

Cray Valley

54 12S

112 28W

2655

14.6

0

2144

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

53 57S

118 19W

2851

10

195.8

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

53 04S

119 42W

2918

10.5

262.7

2144

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

50 00S

123 34W

3133

9

478.1

2144

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

50 01S

152 07W

4978

8

1423

2144

6

Petersen

No Bariers

46 48S

155 49W

4302

4.7

1647.5

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

46 40S

159 31W

4433

6.3

1778.5

2144

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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