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Whitbread Log: Leg 2, Cape Town to Fremantle
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Day 4 - Nov. 11, 1997

Report # 2

2140 GMT - 39° 08'S, 025° 10'E

Miles to Fremantle: 4,258

Place: 8th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 304 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

Not getting any better yet. We are still losing to the guys to the southwest, big miles to the first three. We actually have wind from the northeast. The others probably have wind from the southwest, even those just 25 miles away.

Looks like our teammates, the women, are going to go right around us, too, and leave us holding down last place by 000.

Nothing really interesting to report as the sailing is very slow, back and forth between the drifter and the jib. We finally got a spinnaker up 30 minutes ago in 7 knots of wind.

We have been using the kelp stick to remove squid from the keel. It is kind of strange when you go look in the window expecting to find kelp or nothing and find a bunch of tentacles wraped around your keel. A little calamari would taste great if we had some way to cook it.

Report # 1

0934 GMT - 38° 50'S, 023° 59'E

Miles to Fremantle: 4,273

Place: 8th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 244 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

We are parked again. Looks like a lobe of the high ridged in on us again. I fear that the others are still moving, at least more than us. Swedish Match is probably doing at least 10 knots, Kvaerner will fair well outside. They will continue to stretch over the next few days.

I guess we have finally found the Doldrums at 38S 25E. New location.

It is hard not to focus on the fact that we were the southern boat with a 20 mile lead on Kvaerner and Silk Cut 48 hours ago. It was supposed to be a rich-get-richer scenario. It has been for Swedish Match. Then we got into some kind of swirl or mini low that took us more easterly and then left us there, parked. The others did not get affected by it and continued on a 160-degree course with decent pressure. That got them to the west of us and kept them in better pressure yesterday and still today.

Now, every mile south for the fleet means more pressure for the leaders and steadier breezes in general.

While we are frustrated, we have to keep in mind that the leaders could park in a high blocking the way into Fremantle. It will be a long two weeks, in tough conditions, until we find out if we have one more shot at these guys.

Paul Cayard
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