Day 22, Saturday May 1, 1999 

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Photo Richard Konkolski

The approaching low-pressure system and front caused wind shifts not favorable for Soldini. He could not hold direct course for Charleston and as the result of this he lost 52 miles of his lead on Thiercelin.

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Class II leaders were still enjoying strong NE tradewinds. Garside and Mouligne were doing almost 12 knots. Garside was a little faster and extended his lead on Moulingne by 44 miles to 248 miles. With Garside’s 1827 miles to go to Charleston, it would be very difficult for Mouligne to gain the lead, especially with his rotten mainsail.

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Victor Yazykov was slowly falling behind his Class II leaders, but he was still showing great sailing performance. With his much smaller boat he was almost doing steady 11 knots.

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Petersen gained more miles on Saito, but he ran into problem with his food. Petersen reported: "I have a major disaster on board. Most of my food rations for the next two weeks, and some for the rest of the trip, have been ruined. A food crate somehow broke, containing the supplies. All the rice and pasta for the rest of the trip was destroyed. I have a little left from this week's supply. The next two weeks of chocolate, biscuits and cereal [are gone]. I have eaten the last of my fresh fruit. The food that has survived is a few cans and 4 of Gwen's meals. I am doing an inventory of what supplies are left aboard and will have to figure out how to ration the rest of the supplies. I need to consider the idea of going to port to restock as an option, or go on a diet."

The last boat in the fleet, the "Balance Bar" lost 116 miles on Class II leader and was 1,811 miles back with 3648 miles to go to Charleston.

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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 21 26N 054 12W 1107 9.3 0 2140
2 Thiercelin Somewhere 18 04N 052 14W 1477 9.5 370.2 2140

Class 2

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Garside Magellan Alpha 12 53N 054 12W 1837 11.6 1837 2144
2 Mouligne Cray Valley 09 00N 052 14W 2085 11.5 2085 2144
3 Yazykov Wind of Change 07 15N 043 41W 2521 10.8 2521 2144
4 Petersen No Barriers 00 54S 039 52W 3026 5 3026 2144
5 Saito Shuten-dohji II 00 59S 038 35W 3084 1.4 3084 2144
6 Hunter Paladin II 02 10S 036 32W 3222 4.1 3222 2144
7 Van Liew Balance Bar 07 32S 034 06W 3648 10.4 3648 2144

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