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Whitbread Log: Leg 2, Cape Town to Fremantle
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Day 5 - Nov. 12, 1997

1701 GMT - 39° 08'S, 025° 10'E

Miles to Fremantle: 4,130

Place: 6th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 394 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

We're back. Somehow, through a combination of good fortune and the pack sailing east towards us, we are now in sight of Merit Cup, Chessie Racing and Silk Cut. Feels like a boat race again. Amazing how things change.

We are expecting a bit of breeze tonight from the southwest, something I thought would dig us deeper into our grave as all these guys were 40 to 70 miles to our southwest.

Just cleaned another giant squid off our keel, so now we are ready to roll. Starting to get a little chilly, so we are getting our hats and extra socks on.

Stevie made chili again for dinner, the same thing that did us all in two or three nights ago. Rick Tomlinson just threw his straight into the toilet to save the processing time and pain.

The weather is a little strange to say the least. The next few days look strange also. There is a high that is forecast to get down to 47 degrees south at 50 degrees east. I don't think that is the normal place to find a high-pressure system.

Going for a little rest before the night of sail changes begins as the wind heads us 100 degrees in builds to 25 knots.

Paul Cayard
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