Day 18, Tuesday February 23, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Thiercelin stopped in Tierra del Fuego for just over five hours. When the repair was done, unfavorable northerly breeze and stifling head seas prevented him from sailing through the Strait of Le Maire, and forced him to sail outside Staten Island. He had gusts of 60 knots as he sailed eastward and then Thiercelin fell into a windless hole and got stuck with no wind and huge confused sea for several hours.

MSFilaBowHiogh.jpg (16046 bytes) Soldini's Fila Photo Marek Slodownik

At the same time Soldini rounded the Cape Horn and then managed to get through the Strait of Le Maire. By this maneuver he was able to cut Thiercelin's lead to only 76 miles. Now they both left Cape Horn behind and begun the last 1,000-mile sprint to Punta del Este.

BBCrayValley.jpg (20326 bytes) Mouligne's Cray Valley Photo Billy Black

In Class II Jean-Pierre Mouligne was continuing to widen the gap between his leading position and the rest of his fleet. Garside in second place was 163 miles back. The wind eased for JP and he was able to do some maintenance repair on Cray Valley. He wrote: "4000 miles of hard sailing is starting to take its toll and I am trying to be in as good a shape as I can for the last stretch."

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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

52 12S

061 54W

1076

5.9

0

2140

2

Soldini

Fila

53 05S

063 57W

1152

8

75.8

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 40S

084 48W

1714

6.8

0

2144

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

56 49S

089 54W

1877

8.7

163

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

55 35S

094 28W

2037

9.9

323.5

2144

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

53 29S

100 20W

2268

10.5

554.3

2144

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

52 24S

135 48W

3460

5.6

1746.3

2144

6

Petersen

No Bariers

47 52S

139 40W

3726

6.6

2011.8

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

47 41S

144 58W

3905

6.9

2191.7

2144

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