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Day 2 - Nov. 9, 1997

08:40 GMT - 36° 40'S, 020° 50'E

Miles to Fremantle: 4508

Place: 2nd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 51 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

Well, there certainly is a difference of opinion out here. We have ourselves and Swedish Match running down the 160M line and two groups of three doing something a little different.

Silk Cut, Chessie and Merit are going for the early satisfaction of heading more east. This is both closer to the finish and a faster point of sail as we are all on starboard in a southwesterly wind. Kvaerner, Toshiba and Brunel are investing more heavily than EFL and Swedish Match in the south.

The forecast shows more wind to the south in 48 hours as the next low-pressure system throws some wind our way. Toshiba and Kvaerner are paying heavily, losing 14 and 10 miles on the last sked, which ,again, rates you on a course directly to the finish line, not necessary the fastest way to get there.

This should be a rich-get-richer syndrome as there is a ridge of high pressure wedging its way around the southern tip of Africa, which lightens the wind most for those north.

We are pretty happy with our position, although it is always tough to let someone take big chunks out of you as Merit did on the last sked.

We are reaching along with 13-14 knots of wind from 240 degrees, doing about 11 knots of boat speed. It is amazing how you get rusty after three weeks of not doing the thing on board. It is taking us a little while to get back into the grove but I think we will be in good shape within 48 hours. Just a lot of detail things about where you store your clothes, getting "new and improved" software to work as well as the old stuff, staying on top of keeping track of data collection, and getting into the sleeping routine.

No incredible human-interest stories yet. Josh is sick and trying to be a tough guy by not taking extra rest, so I will be watching his progress. We will need 12 very solid citizen in about 72 hours. That is when the "E" ticket ride starts.

Paul Cayard
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