Day 20, Thursday February 25, 1999

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While battling up to 40-knot headwinds in turbulent sea, Marc Thiercelin lost his mast. It happened in the morning at 1000 GMT. He was about 200 miles northwest of the Falkland Islands and 220 miles off the coast of Argentina. Thiercelin reported that he was taking on water through the hole in his deck, which shorted all electronics except his COMSAT satellite phone.

Thiercelin's Somewhere Photo Marek Slodownik MSSomewhere3.jpg (16878 bytes)

Soldini was contacted and asked to divert to assist Thiercelin. He was about 180 miles away and doing 11 knots. However he would resume his race later, when Thiercelin decided to go on his own to Falkland Islands. Once there, Thiercelin could get a new mast and continue this leg, the race having no more time limitation.

Marc Thiercelin Photo Billy Black  BBThiercelinFace.jpg (17517 bytes)

At the same time, Class II leader Mouligne reported: "I am hoping that tomorrow will be the big day I round Cape Horn. The forecast keeps on changing and it looks like I might get lucky and have somewhat fair weather for a couple of more days before the next low pressure rolls in. This would be great and allow me to sail right to the Cape and take a good look at the legendary rock. If the weather turns bad the shallow bank where Cape Horn sits becomes very dangerous with big breaking seas. I will have to stay South and leave the little island of Diego Ramirez to port. After Cape Horn I will turn Northeast and head for the strait of Lemaire between Staten Island and the eastern tip of Terra del Fuego. It is going to be a wonderful feeling, but I have to get there and right now the wind is light and seems to be dying."

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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

49 40S

060 46W

918

2.7

0

2226

2

Soldini

Fila

49 01S

064 26W

942

8.2

23.4

2226

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 36S

072 03W

1284

9.6

0

2228

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

57 19S

076 02W

1430

10.6

146.3

2228

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

55 50S

080 50W

1580

10.4

296

2228

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

55 55S

087 53W

1815

8.6

531.4

2228

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

51 28S

128 34W

3249

7

1965.5

2228

6

Petersen

No Bariers

47 55S

130 58W

3445

7.5

2161.1

2228

7

Hunter

Paladin II

47 43S

137 08W

3651

7

2367.3

2228

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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