Round Gotland Race
Paul Cayard and the Team of EF Language Can't Stop Winning
Final Victory in the Round Gotland Race for 97/98 Winning Whitbread Team
GOTHENBERG, Sweden (July 2, 1998) The overall winner in the Microsoft Gotland Runt Race is EF Language, skippered by AmericaOne CEO Paul Cayard and winner of the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race. EF Language crossed the finish line at 8:40 a.m., beating the second-place boat and most serious Whitbread Race rival, Swedish Match, by 58 minutes.
Competing in the open division were four other Whitbread 60s, a Grand Mistral, an America's Cup boat, the old Rothmans' Round the World boat and a few other craft. The course spanned 550 nautical miles and took one day longer than was initially expected due to unusually light winds. Much like Leg 1 of the Whitbread, food rations ran short.
In Cayard's first report on June 30th, he explains, "Our main competitor is Swedish Match, who is seeking a little bit of consolation after our Whitbread win, and so far they are getting it." But within a matter of hours, he reported that EF Language had passed Swedish Match and was anticipated to gain a greater lead due to their faster boat speed downwind. Ever the wordsmith, Cayard concluded his report by saying, "It is still a long way back to Sandhamn and we have hungry ball players right behind us."
In the end, EF Language sailed a good race and took a first-place victory in this final competition. EF Language completed the race 68 hours, 40 minutes, 5 seconds.
Eight of the 12 Whitbread crew members competed in the race, including Navigator Mark Rudiger.
- EF Language, W60
- Swedish Match, W60
- Nicorette, GM80
- EF Education, W60
Read Paul's race e-mails.
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