Day 35, Friday May 14, 1999

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Photo Richard Konkolski

Yazykov was leading the remaining fleet still at sea. At the end of the day he was 323 miles from the finish line and doing seven knots. The light winds were dominating the whole area. Victor was being forced to steer by hand for the last 4,000 miles, after his autopilot had failed. This left him little time for rest and sleep and he was feeling very tired.

Over 800 miles back was Balance Bar, and Petersen only 13 miles behind her. Minoru Saito was also sailing close with 59 miles within Balance Bar, but still with 1,183 miles still left to go to Charleston.

The last four boats behind Viktor Yazykov were heading right into an enormous wind hole in which they could possibly stay for a week with little or no wind. The weather would also plague the boats with showers and thundershowers and the rest of the fleet would be satisfied with making as much as 3 or 4 knots of boat speed.

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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 28 42N 075 36W 323 7 323 2144
4 Van Liew Balance Bar 20 54N 063 25W 1124 7.6 1124 2144
5 Petersen No Barriers 20 09N 063 52W 1138 6.5 1137.5 2144
6 Saito Shuten-dohji II 20 35N 062 19W 1183 5.5 1183 2144
7 Hunter Paladin II 19 32N 059 08W 1360 4.2 1359.7 2144

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