Day 18 - Nov. 25, 1997
It was a leg that went from one extreme to the other and back again.
32° 50'S, 114° 46'E
Miles to Fremantle: 78
Place: 5th; distance behind 4th-place boat: 53 miles
From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language
This will be my last report from Leg 2. It was a leg that went from one extreme to the other and back again. It was a unique
adventure and at the same time a race. We took some risks and
suffered some damage, but the bottom line is that we are all OK, and
the important ingredients of our campaign are intact and still
Our fifth place puts us in second place overall, which is fine. There are
seven legs to go and I know that the regatta is still to be won
and lost within those remaining points.
To all of you who follow our progress through these words, I hope
that you got a good feel for what we went through. While I put
good effort into my writing, I could never do the experience
justice, especially not this one, but what you get from the words
is a fresh, live, first-person account. If the words intrigue
you, I suggest you sail in this race. It is truly "the experience
of a lifetime."