Day 22, Saturday February 27, 1999

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Sunset at Sea Photo Richard Konkolski

Marc Thiercelin finished his jury rig and with two small sails he was sailing towards Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. He was expected to reach it on Sunday. His shore crew was already there and arranging a tow for his last ten miles to safe port. Thiercelin intended to stay in the race until the finish in Charleston.

A new aluminum mast was already under construction in La Rochelle, France, and new sails were being found in La Trinite, France and cut to fit the new mast. Whole rigging was expected to be shipped to the Falklands on Thursday, 4 March. Thiercelin and his shore crew were confident that he should arrive in Punta del Este ahead of the seven day restart deadline.

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Soldini was now holding the top position in the overall standings of Around Alone. By the end of the day he was 635 miles from finish line and he was expected to arrive late on Monday or early Tuesday. It still would not be an easy task, because unfavorable weather would force Soldini to sail very close on wind all the way to Punta del Este.

There were already two winners in this leg. Marc Thiercelin and J.P. Mouligne rounded Cape Horn as first skippers of each fleet and accomplishing that they won the Guy Cotten Cape Horn Trophy.

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Thiercelin & Mouligne - Winners of Guy Cotten Cape Horn Trophy
Photo Marek Slodownik

Class II leader J.P. Mouligne was already sailing his boat in much quieter waters towards the finish. Mike Garside also joined the Cape Horn club during last night. He was holding second place just 104 miles behind Mouligne. Balance Bar and Viktor Yazykov, with his 40-footer Wind of Change Russia, should round Cape Horn by the end of the weekend.

Another 1,400 miles back, Minoru Saito, Neal Petersen and Neil Hunter were still experiencing the harsh conditions of Southern Ocean.

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Soldini

Fila

44 19S

061 25W

635

8.1

0

2140

2

Thiercelin

Somewhere

50 47S

058.21W

960

5.6

325.6

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 29S

066 02W

1087

7.6

0

2144

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

54 19S

061 14W

1191

8.2

104.1

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

56 20S

070 29W

1239

9.3

151.9

2144

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

56 36S

078 06W

1489

7.3

401.8

2144

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

53 36S

120 19W

2924

7.1

1836.8

2144

6

Petersen

No Bariers

48 30S

122 13W

3137

7.9

2050.3

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

47 10S

130 29W

3455

6.1

2368.5

2144

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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