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Fremantle to Sydney
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EF Language
Day 10 - Dec. 22, 1997

Report #2

1222 GMT
34° 18'S, 151° 12'E

Miles to Sydney: 31.6

Place: 1st; distance ahead of 2nd-place boat: 1.5 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

It has been a long hard day. Getting past Swedish Match was not easy and it will not be easy to hold them off as we enter Sydney Harbor tonight. The breeze will go down at least and if it dies completely anything could happen.


Whitbread on
U.S. Television

 
All of us have been up all day, as I am sure the boys on Swedish Match have. About 100 miles from Sydney the wind picked up and we simply sailed lower and faster, gaining five miles on them over a four-hour period. We then both shifted to fractional kites. Ours was smaller and we went faster sailing up from underneath them and around to the front.

Then, with a mile lead, our spinnaker broke. We had a bit of a scramble. It was dark, of course (none of this stuff ever happens in day light), but got another one up just in time to keep them from rolling us. We have since stretched back out about 1.5 miles on them.

We are 23 miles form South Head. Hoping for some breeze in the bay. See you there.

Note: Chessie Racing, with AmericaOne's John Kostecki on board as tactician, holds a solid third position just 4.8 miles behind EFL.

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  Anyone can win. EF Education could still win. . . . The race could quite likely be decided in Sydney Harbor.
Report #1

0004 GMT
36° 58'S, 150° 08'E

Miles to Sydney: 199

Place: 2nd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 3.7 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

It is Monday morning, three days before Christmas, and we have got bogies all over the place. Swedish Match is 4 miles ahead, Jules [Innovation Kvaerner], Slick [Silk Cut], Cheeze [Chessie Racing], and Merit (Cup) are all together in a pack about 4 miles back.

Big dogfight to the finish. Historically, Merit is the fastest in this light air running.

This is a completely different leg from the others. Anyone can win. EF Education could still win.

Southeastern Australia Chart of SE Australian Coast
(Click on image.)
Tonight will be real intense when the wind dies trying to find out who will get the first little zephyrs of wind first. The race could quite likely be decided in Sydney Harbor.

I just woke up, so can't spend too much time.

Paul Cayard


Leg 3 positions at 1200 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  2. Swedish Match
  3. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, tactician)
  4. Merit Cup
  5. Innovation Kvaerner
  6. Toshiba
  7. Silk Cut
  8. BrunelSunergy
  9. EF Education
302
253
213
228
267
207
208
66
80
1
3
5
4
2
7
6
9
8
* Aggregate points total, including points scored for the first and second legs and points for the third leg according to current positions.


Leg 3 positions at 0001 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. Swedish Match
  2. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  3. Innovation Kvaerner
  4. Merit Cup
  5. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, tactician)
  6. Silk Cut
  7. EF Education
  8. Toshiba
  9. BrunelSunergy
266
289
288
228
192
218
100
187
56
3
1
2
4
6
5
8
7
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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