Day 26, Wednesday May 5, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

A high-pressure system sitting right on the course for Charleston caused light conditions for the entire fleet. The high also counteracted the fresh trade winds in the northern Caribbean. Soldini hit the light winds first but he felt it less than Thiercelin. Giovanni was still 476 miles from Charleston. Thiercelin closed Soldini’s lead to 202 miles, but Soldini started to move faster than the rest of the fleet.

Mouligne, Garside and Yazykov were also experiencing light conditions. All of them should have very a slow finish. The light wind could stick around for a week.

Only the middle part of the fleet, with Minoru Saito, Neal Petersen and Neil Hunter, could enjoy fair winds for a couple days more.

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Positions:

Class 1

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Soldini Fila 26 05N 074 39W 467 3.7 0 2140
2 Thiercelin Somewhere 25 55N 069 22W 679 8.2 202.1 2140

Class 2

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Garside Magellan Alpha 22 05N 066 26W 952 5.5 0 2144
2 Mouligne Cray Valley 19 53N 063 06W 1178 5.5 225.7 2144
3 Yazykov Wind of Change 16 51N 055 23W 1626 8.2 673.8 2144
4 Petersen No Barriers 06 16N 045 52W 2467 8.7 1514.7 2144
5 Saito Shuten-dohji II 05 24N 045 30W 2519 7.6 1566.8 2144
6 Hunter Paladin II 04 46N 042 32W 2672 7.5 1720.3 2144
7 Van Liew Balance Bar 02 18N 040 30W 2863 8.8 1910.9 2144

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