Whitbread Log: Leg 4, Sydney to Auckland
Day 2 - Jan. 5, 1998
EF Language Leading Leg 4
34° 22'S, 157° 30'E
Miles to Auckland: 951
Place: 1st; distance ahead of 2nd-place boat: 4 miles
From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language
We are making good headway currently, doing 12 knots at 85M with wind from 320 at 17 knots. We just don't know how long it will
last, as the forecast does not instill a lot of confidence. Today,
the forecasts are calling for a shift from the northwesterlies we
have around to the southwest sometime in the next 36-48 hours.
That is as precise as they get. So, you can imagine that makes it
hard for us to decide what to do.
Right now we think we are enjoying more pressure to the north and
may make some gains up here for a while. But when the shift
comes, the boats to the south could quite well get more pressure
than us and if that were to last for some time, their gain could
So, we have to decide how long to stay north and when to try
converge over the guys to the south, hopefully ahead. Our buddy
Verne [Kvaerner] is up here with us, 6 miles back, so that is nice knowing
exactly where he is.
We are not confident in the accuracy of the skeds. They may be
off by a little bit in the positions of the yachts and in a race
this close, depending on their position to gain insight to wind
strength or direction may be erroneous. So, it is all very
For now, the best solution is to go on a course that is the
fastest the boat can travel in these conditions and as close to
the finish line as possible.
It is very hot on board. The water temp has been around 28C, so
inside the boat is like a sauna. The sun is very strong during
the day, so we are not doing our skin any favors either. It is
beautiful Caribbean-like sailing. Lunch is coming right up. I
don't know if that is good news or not. I guess since I missed
the sawdust for breakfast, anything will be good for lunch.
Leg 4 positions at 0600 GMT today:
* Aggregate points total, including points scored for the first, second and third legs and points for the fourth leg according to current positions.
- EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
- Silk Cut
- Merit Cup
- Innovation Kvaerner
- Swedish Match
- Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, tactician)
- EF Education
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