Day 28, Friday March 5, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

By the end of the day J.P. Mouligne was only 230 miles from his finish. He averaged 4.5 knots in the last 24 hours but he did only 115 miles toward Punta. He was not happy about slow progress as he expressed in his message: "The last 2 days have been the most frustrating sailing I have had since the beginning of the race. The wind has come from every direction from 40 knots to 0. Within 2 hours I went from a full main and gennaker, to 3 reefs in the main and a partially rolled up staysail, then back to a full main etc., all day. Consequently my lead has be chopped again to 75 miles and if I do not get going soon, I will have nothing left by tomorrow night. The forecast calls for North, NorthEast wind so it's going to be upwind all the way. They will not catch me!"

During last 24 hours, second-place Mike Garside was able to cut 25 miles off Mouligne's lead, and trailed him by only 67 miles. Meanwhile Marc Thiercelin, was expected to receive a new aluminum spar in the Falkland Islands. Thiercelin told race operators that he hopes to rejoin the race on Sunday, 7 March. He also said: "We have so many examples that this race is never done until we cross the finish line. I think I have a pretty good chance to win this race, but I also think the race is not finished."

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Almost 2,500 miles from finish, Neal Petersen emailed: "We are into the single digit numbers of longitude. Conditions are freshening up out here as I push SE towards the Horn. Another gale developing. What a pain. I have 3 reefs in main, but probably in the next few hours will drop it as the seas build. It will not be easy going downwind with a damaged headsail. Tomorrow we will be under 1,000 miles from the Horn. I look forward to that."

The last boat of the fleet, Paladin II with Neil Hunter was still 3,108 miles away from Punta.

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Photo Billy Black

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skipper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Soldini

Fila

Punta

del Este

0

0

0

0

2

Thiercelin

Somewhere

Falkland

Islands

1011

0

1011

1540

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

38 41S

056 05W

230

7.6

0

2144

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

3943S

056 42W

297

9.1

66.8

2144

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

41 51S

056 27W

419

7.6

189

2144

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

47 22S

059 33W

772

5.6

542

2144

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

53 53S

095 04W

2311

7.8

2080.8

2144

6

Petersen

No Bariers

49 44S

097 03W

2480

7.4

2249.6

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

47 12S

113 18W

3108

7

2878.2

2144

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