Day 31, Monday March 8, 1999

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Michael Garside Photo Billy Black

Mike Garside took second place in Class II at 3:37:57 a.m. local (0637 GMT). He arrived during the darkness of the early morning. It was so dark that race officials and the press had to search for his boat, they could not see the boat within 2 miles of the finish.

BBMagelanAlphaStearn.jpg (28476 bytes) Garside's Magellan Alpha Photo Billy Black

After 30 days, 07 hours, 37 minutes and 57 seconds at sea, Garside was very happy to end this leg. "Finally we've got the boat right, the pilots worked, we should have had the gyro compass at the beginning," he said and he added that the keel was finally reliable and that the boat worked without breaking blocks or halyards. He also said that he thinks he finally learned to sail his boat right and that he finally managed to handle the swing keel properly. "You need much less sail altogether. So my sailing skills have improved. But I'm still crap at tactics; I have no idea what to do. I'm still a bloody novice." he admitted.

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Just about eight hours later at 11:30 a.m. local time (1430 GMT) Balance Bar arrived with Brad Van Liew. It took them 30 days, 15 hours, 30 minutes and 45 seconds to finish the third leg. The normally bold Brad Van Liew was a different person. "I never knew what heavy weather was until this leg - but I figured it out," he said. He was expected to receive a time allowance for the hours he spent diverting towards Josh Hall's position when the British skipper was dismasted on February 11.

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Brad Van Liew Photo Billy Black

At the same time, Victor Yazykov was 310 miles from Punta and doing 5.7 Knots. The rest of the Second Class Fleet was more than 1850 miles away.

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SOV

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

50 03S

058 53W

922

7.2

921.5

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

Punta

del Este

0

0

0

0

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

Punta

del Este

0

0

0

0

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

35 16S

055 02W

19

0

0

0

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

40 15S

056 42W

328

8.1

18.7

2144

5

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

55 14S

082 26W

1865

5.7

328

2144

6

Petersen

No Bariers

52 29S

085 07W

2005

7

1865.2

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

48 34S

104 04W

2752

7.2

2005

2144

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