Day 20, Thursday April 29, 1999 

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Soldini and Thiercelin were steadily sailing with speed of over 10 knots. Neither of them had the better winds, but Thiercelin had just a little more favorable wind angle. On another hand Soldini had a larger than normal main sail for this last leg. It definitively helped a lot in very light wind conditions. Few days later Soldini could be affected by a storm that was moving off the southeastern coast of the U.S., but until then both sailors should have speedy and easy sailing.

In Class II Mike Garside had re-established a lead of 209 miles on J.P. Mouligne. He broke free of the Doldrums and caught the northeast trades and it showed on his performance. In the meantime Mouligne was stuck behind Garside in a deadly patch of the Doldrums. For the past three days he made very little progress with his flapping sail. Unfortunately Mouligne would not see much wind improvement for at least another 12 hours or so. During that time Garside could extend his lead considerably.

FolMagelanAlphaAir4.jpg (16741 bytes) Garside's Magellan Alpha

Viktor Yazykov just entered the Doldrums and was heading northeast in the hopes of at least making some northward progress. The Doldrums were wider further to the east of him, but they were beginning to shrink, which could help him.

The middle group of Class II boats still had reasonable breezes which should last a little longer, but the next day they should approach the Doldrums. Petersen turned the corner and got around the top of Brazil, pulling many miles away from Minoru and regaining his lost lead.

BBShutenDohjiIIStearn.jpg (39691 bytes) Minoru Saito's Shuten-dohji II Photo Billy Black

Minoru Saito reported on his two years at sea: "I'm fine, today's my celebrate day that it has passed just 2 years since I left Japan, and sailed about 50,000 nautical miles all singlehanded, same as in '94-'95. That is a long distance and many days, but this time so much tired than previous race. And today No 5. batten pocket broken and batten out, after that cutting off about 1 ft. Boat drifting about 4 hrs, no good day for me."

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Positions:

Class 1

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Soldini Fila 16 34N 058 04W 1522 10.7 0 2140
2 Thiercelin Somewhere 11 04N 052 51W 1971 12.5 448.1 2140

Class 2

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Garside Magellan Alpha 05 19N 047 13W 2451 10.4 0 2144
2 Mouligne Cray Valley 03 33N 044 02W 2660 10.2 209 2144
3 Yazykov Wind of Change 02 13N 038 04W 2973 2.7 522.2 2144
4 Petersen No Barriers 03 57S 035 42W 3331 8.5 880.4 2144
5 Saito Shuten-dohji II 04 30S 034 55W 3388 8.7 923.5 2144
6 Hunter Paladin II 06 18S 034 01W 3503 6.7 1052.1 2144
7 Van Liew Balance Bar 14 21S 034 43w 4028 8.8 1577.4 2144

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