Day 34, Thursday May 13, 1999

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Photo Marek Slodownik

After midnight the wind picked up a little and in the early morning hours 43-year-old French skipper J.P. Mouligne crossed the finish line. Cray Valley came out of the darkness illuminated by spreader lights at 05:00:17 GMT. Her mainsail was torn and full of holes. J. P. Mouligne was very happy to have finally completed Leg 4 after 32 days, 14 hours, and 17 seconds at sea.

BBCrayValley.jpg (20326 bytes) Cray Valley Photo Billy Black

He finished in second place on this final leg, but Mouligne took the first place overall in Class II, having won every leg but this last frustrating one. His total time for the race was 132 days, 4 hours, 3 minutes and 9 seconds, missing his chance to break David Adams record time in the last race by almost one day within three minutes. By closing his circumnavigation circle, he finally accomplished his dream.

Even though it was after 2 a.m. local time Mouligne was welcomed at the arrival dock with cheers and fireworks. With his wife Kate at his side he said: "I had hoped to be here three days ago and then I hoped to be here six hours ago." It was a very prolonged finish for him.

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Cray Valley

Despite a lot of problems like his torn mainsail, lost gennager, spinnaker and infected knee, by his own words he had enjoyed every moment of the leg. He was making no excuses for finishing second for the leg behind Mike Garside and he gave him credit for a better job tactically on this leg. "He deserved to win this leg." he said.

When he started out from Punta del Este, Mouligne was on his way to win all four individual legs of the race and sign his name into the race record books. But this was not to be. Mouligne also realized that he may have lost the leg battle, but he won the war in the race. "My goal was to win Class II and that's what I've done. Nobody can take that away from me now." he said. The next boat with Victor Yazykov was still over 450 miles behind him and the last boat 1, 475 miles back.

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Photo Billy Black

Positions:

Class 1

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Soldini Fila Charleston 0 0 0 0 0
2 Thiercelin Somewhere Charleston 0 0 0 0 0

Class 2

Place Skipper Boat Latitude Longitude Dist. to go Speed Dist. to first Time
1 Garside Magellan Alpha Charleston 0 0 0 0 0
2 Mouligne Cray Valley Charleston 0 0 0 0 0
3 Yazykov Wind of Change 27 20N 073 20W 465 5.2 464.5 2144
4 Van Liew Balance Bar 19 12N 061 35W 1269 8 1269.2 2144
5 Petersen No Barriers 18 48N 061 44W 1280 6.9 1280.3 2144
6 Saito Shuten-dohji II 19 16N 060 43W 1302 5.8 1302.4 2144
7 Hunter Paladin II 18 13N 057 40W 1475 5.5 1475.1 2144

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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