Day 39, Tuesday March 16, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Neal Petersen secured his lead over Saito by leaving him behind by more than 100 miles. In his email Neal Petersen felt sorry for Minoru: "I have overtaken Minoru on Shuten Dojhi and now lead him by almost 100 miles. He is really suffering with his sail damage and in light airs. He wants 30-40 knots, and said in today's SSB sked, it did not matter what direction, as long as it was plenty of wind."

Neil Hunter, just few hundred miles from the Horn, was enjoying company with an unusual albatross: "All OK, no dramas. Breeze is building and we are gybing our way toward the Horn as we can't sail directly to it with this wind angle. At one stage yesterday the seas built to 4-5 meters but have dropped back a bit now. About 400 miles to go to the Cabo de Hornos now so we should be there Friday or Saturday. Saw a juvenile Grey Headed albatross yesterday that was very inquisitive. Made numerous passes before he realized there was no tucker to be had and finally plunked into the water beside me and watched me sail past. He did come back later."

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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

Punta

del Este

0

0

0

0

2

Thiercelin

Somewhere

Punta

del Este

0

0

0

0

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

Punta

del Este

0

0

0

0

4

Yazykov

Wind of Change

Punta

del Este

0

0

0

0

5

Petersen

No Bariers

49 59S

061 36W

947

6.5

946.9

2144

6

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

51 53S

061 51W

1057

1.3

1057.4

2144

7

Hunter

Paladin II

54 41S

078 12W

1729

7

1728.5

2144

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