Day  23, Sunday May 2, 1999

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It was not a good day for Soldini. He lost another 52 miles from his lead on Thiercelin, who was now 318 miles behind his Class I leader. Soldini had only 959 miles to go and Thiercelin could hardly take over his lead on such a short distance and so large a lead.

In Class II, Garside gained another 8 miles on Mouligne. At the end of the day Garside was doing 13 knots with 1619 miles to go. It looked like Garside got finally into a racing mood. Day earlier, he set his own 24 day run record. He covered 333.2 miles with the average speed of 13.88 knots. Garside was holding 256 miles lead on Mouligne who most probably would not be able to cut it down before the end in Charleston. Mouligne’s best 24-hour run was 333.6 miles, performed between the 0340 GMT on 12 and 13 February during the second leg. This was Class II record.

The main body of the rest of Class II fleet was fighting light winds in the Doldrums and in average did not even reach a 5 knot speed. Petersen went over the Equator and finally reached the Northern Hemisphere, but he still had 3000 miles to go, before he could finish in Charleston.

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Positions:

Class 1

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Soldini Fila 22 29N 065 51W 959 11.4 0 2140
2 Thiercelin Somewhere 20 48N 059 56W 1277 12 317.9 2140

Class 2

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Garside Magellan Alpha 15 59N 056 20W 1619 13 0 2144
2 Mouligne Cray Valley 10 42N 055 37W 1875 11.9 256 2144
3 Yazykov Wind of Change 09 15N 045 43W 2352 10.5 732.3 2144
4 Petersen No Barriers 00 11N 040 11W 2966 3.7 1346.7 2144
5 Saito Shuten-dohji II 00 06S 038 58W 3030 4.3 1411 2144
6 Hunter Paladin II 00 54S 037 15W 3137 4.8 1518.1 2144
7 Van Liew Balance Bar 04 37S 034 29W 3412 9.9 1792.8 2144

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