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  If technology keeps advancing at the rate it is, I will skipper my next Whitbread from Kentfield, California.
Day 7 - Dec. 19, 1997

1006 GMT
40° 37'S, 138° 19'E

Miles to Sydney: 813

Place: 1st; distance ahead of 2nd-place boat: 10.7 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

This is one tedious leg! Front after front has fizzled out and we are now engulfed by a high pressure cell . . . slatting is on the menu for tonight.

South looks like it will pay the best to get out of the high, so Verne [Kvaerner] and Brunel may have us all.

This kind of situation is frustrating because you work real hard for four days, inch by inch, positioning yourself relative to the fleet with the utmost care, getting in the lead, and then a high cell comes and stalls the whole progress of the race.

We will be lucky to finish by Christmas.

Anyway, for now we have our biggest lead of the leg, 17.6 miles, on Swedish Match, who is second and closest to us. Toshiba and the boys to the north got hit hard by this high cell and probably will have a harder time getting out than us to the south. We will see though. For now, things are in the hands of the big fella.

I was thinking about the next race today and figured something out. If technology keeps advancing at the rate it is, I will skipper my next Whitbread from Kentfield, California. I will be sitting in my family room, feet propped up on the coffee table watching Monday night football. All around the room will be monitors like in a TV studio. I will have all the weather information and see everything on board through fiber-optic cameras linked to satellites. My voice will boom instructions to the crew through a loud speaker on deck. I will take pleasure in seeing them scurry around the deck, freezing cold, water all over the place, as I digest my bowl of ice cream. My wife will cook me dinner each night and I will sleep in a bed that doesn't move. Now, that would be progress!

Paul Cayard


Leg 3 positions at 1200 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  2. Silk Cut
  3. Swedish Match
  4. Toshiba
  5. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, tactician)
  6. Innovation Kvaerner
  7. Merit Cup
  8. EF Education
  9. BrunelSunergy
302
260
242
227
192
257
198
90
56
1
2
4
5
7
3
6
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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