Day 13, Thursday April 22, 1999 

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Photo Richard Konkolski

At 2200 GMT today, Soldini was 3,416 miles from the finish line and making an average speed of 11.2 knots. Only 47 miles back, Marc Thiercelin was also sailing in double figures doing 10.8 knots and had 3,463 miles to Charleston. Thiercelin was doing a good job. He was able to knock off Giovanni’s lead by over 30 miles that day.

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

Leader of Class II, Mike Garside was making a good 8.4 knots but J.P. Mouligne, who was 162 miles back in second position, was a little faster doing 8.7 knots. It seemed that J.P. Mouligne finally overcame some of his troubles. He reported: "As the winds are slowly increasing over the last 24 hours I have been keeping a weary eye on the tack of my mainsail. All night with a flashlight I kept on checking but it seems that nothing has moved and I pray that it will last. Today the plan is to put on a long central patch, which will be the backbone of the repair. If all goes well, tomorrow and the day after I will put 2 more, one on each side and the repair will be complete. Concerning my knee, the improvement is significant."

BBWindOfChangeBow.jpg (20204 bytes) Wind of Change Russia Photo Billy Black

In fourth position Viktor Yazykov was moving with speed of 7 knots. His Wind of Change was one of the five trailing Class II boats and the only one to be able to squeak by the trailing edge of the high and escape its grasp. Yazykov was some 329 miles behind Class II leader Garside. Considering the fact that he lost his autopilot and he must steer himself by hand all the time, he was doing very well. In his message he was very glad to be finally able to get into the trade winds.

The rest of the fleet was in much worse shape. That whole day they were hardly doing 2 knots. Only by the end of the day the winds raised, giving them a little better performance but nobody knows for how long. The high-pressure system with its light wind was still expanding over the area.

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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 04 57S 035 01W 3416 11.2 0 2140
2 Thiercelin Somewhere 05 45S 034 42W 34 63 10.8 47 2140

Class 2

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Garside Magellan Alpha 08 43S 034 18W 3717 8.4 0 2144
2 Mouligne Cray Valley 11 34S 034 40W 3879 8.7 161.9 2144
3 Yazykov Wind of Change 13 53S 036 20W 4045 7 328.5 2144
4 Petersen No Barriers 19 07S 039 05W 4396 6.2 679.4 2144
5 Saito Shuten-dohji II 20 16S 038 04W 4437 5 720.4 2144
6 Hunter Paladin II 21 07S 038 54W 4501 4.7 784.2 2144
7 Van Liew Balance Bar 29 17S 047 39W 5166 5 1449.6 2144

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