Day 16, Sunday February 21, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Thiercelin was about 200 miles from Cape Horn and making arrangements to rendezvous with a cruising yacht that would assist him in repairs. He originally planned to stop at Staten Island, but he changed his plans and would instead stop at Aguirre Bay, about 75 miles northeast of the Horn, on the island of Tierra del Fuego. Thiercelin believed the repairs would take about four hours.

Second-placed Giovanni Soldini had a record run of 395.7 miles in the last 24 hours. He cut 90 miles off Thiercelin's lead and by the end of the day he was only 307 miles behind the leader.

FolSodiniOnDeck.jpg (24861 bytes) Giovanni Soldini

Mouligne was firmly holding his lead over Class II with Garside 137 miles behind him. Garside reported: "It's been a day of huge heaped seas streaked with grey spindrift. The waves all seem to come from three directions at once. Those from astern give Alphie a hefty shove up the bum to sending him flying forward from 8 knots to 24 in a couple of hundred yards. The waves that pounce from the beam either deal us a mighty slap or, at worst, pick us up and throw us downhill where we crash to a halt, winded and groaning. And all the time the squalls march up from the western horizon, leaden grey, to spray us with storms of snow and hail. It's so unfriendly here, even the ever present albatrosses have finally buggered off."

BBMagelanAlphaBow.jpg (27572 bytes) Magellan Alpha Photo Billy Black

On another hand Neil Hunter, who was closing the whole fleet, had NE 18-22 knots wind with three foot high sea and overcast sky. He wrote: "All's well and no dramas. Still hard on the breeze though. Bit of sun would be nice."

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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

56 03S

067 30W

1145

15.2

0

2140

2

Soldini

Fila

55 35S

077 02W

1453

15.7

307.6

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

55 08S

099 11W

2200

10.8

0

2144

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

55 06S

103 21W

2338

11.6

137.7

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

54 07S

106 19W

2455

9.7

254.5

2144

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

51 23S

111 44W

2700

9.3

499.8

2144

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

51 38S

143 20W

3735

9

1534.6

2144

6

Petersen

No Bariers

47 57S

147 59W

3997

7.9

1796.8

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

47 16S

152 24W

4170

6

1969.6

2144

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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