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  We just got caught under the only squall I can see in a 36-mile radius and parked for 1/2 hour.
Day 6 - Dec. 18, 1997

1739 GMT
40° 13'S, 133° 47'E

Miles to Sydney: 1,017

Place: 2nd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 0.1 mile

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

We went from slatting in the black hole last night to a day of building winds as we closed to within 0.1 mile of Toshiba on the last sked. Now, we just got caught under the only squall I can see in a 36-mile radius and parked for 1/2 hour. That will cost us 5 miles on the next sked.

All in all, it is going pretty well. The wind has yet to go around to the west and northwest, as predicted, in advance of a small cold front. If and when it does, that will let ourselves and Verne [Kvaerner] gybe and converge with the northerners. Providing the wind is north of west, we will cross ahead.

Our famous grib file thinks the wind will go to 330, so that would be more than enough. But I already told you that forecasts are just forecasts and to me this Great Australian Bight seems like a fluky place. We had a little fun today with BrunelSunergy. They mistakenly sent us a mail addressed to their shore manager. There were a number of questions and issues addressed in the mail. Naturally we took the liberty of answering those issues in a rather jaded way. Probably not the answers they were looking for. Roy is a good natured guy and probably got a kick out of it.

Just had a big shift go through. Got to work on the gybe.

Paul Cayard


Leg 3 positions at 1200 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. Toshiba
  2. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  3. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, tactician)
  4. Silk Cut
  5. Swedish Match
  6. Merit Cup
  7. Innovation Kvaerner
  8. EF Education
  9. BrunelSunergy
262
289
213
238
221
208
247
90
56
2
1
6
4
5
7
3
8
9
* Aggregate points total, including points scored for the first and second legs and points for the third leg according to current positions.

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