Day 19, Wednesday April 28, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Both Class I skippers, Giovanni Soldini and Marc Thiercelin were well north of the Doldrums sailing straight for Charleston. Soldini extended his lead over Thiercelin to 464 miles and continued to hold better boat speeds than Thiercelin. The long-range forecast showed that Soldini should have wind all the way to Charleston.

BBMagelanAlpha.jpg (22576 bytes) Magellan Alpha Photo Billy Black

Garside was able to extend his lead over Mouligne to 140 miles and he should widen it even more tomorrow. He commenced moving into the trades, while Mouligne remained stuck in the Doldrums.

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Cray Valley Photo Billy Black

Mouligne crossed the equator yesterday only to be greeted by squalls. Mouligne's mainsail was torn and patched and the violent squalls were not what he needed. "Squall after squall, pouring rain, big thunderstorms and constantly shifting wind. I worked all night tacking and jibing, often moving away from Charleston." reported Mouligne.

Farther back in the fleet Viktor Yazykov was just beginning his way through the Doldrums. His passage might be a bit longer than those of the two Class II competitors in front of him, because the windless area was slowly widening to north.

BBShutenDohjiII.jpg (27737 bytes) Saito's Shuten-dohji II Photo Billy Black

Farther back Neal Petersen was able to get back in front of Saito again. Saito reported last night that his centerboard had fallen off, but that no one should worry about it because he wasn't worried.

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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 13 20N 054 09W 1821 12.2 0 2140
2 Thiercelin Somewhere 07 22N 049 06W 2285 11.9 463.7 2140

Class 2

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Garside Magellan Alpha 02 46N 044 44W 2665 6 0 2144
2 Mouligne Cray Valley 01 52N 042 19W 2804 5.2 139.5 2144
3 Yazykov Wind of Change 00 51N 037 56W 3035 4.1 370.4 2144
4 Petersen No Barriers 06 29S 034 14W 3502 7.8 837.2 2144
5 Saito Shuten-dohji II 06 41S 033 16W 3550 7.1 885.8 2144
6 Hunter Paladin II 09 09S 034 05W 3720 7.3 1055.2 2144
7 Van Liew Balance Bar 17 49S 036 14W 4252 10.1 1587.4 2144

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