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EF Language EF Language in Leg 4
Day 3 - Jan. 6, 1998

Report #2

1742 GMT
36° 16'S, 165° 38'E

Miles to Auckland: 562

Place:8th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 69 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

When it goes bad, I guess it really goes bad. We can't seem to get anything right today.

Earlier, we were right alongside Silk Cut and Chessie, and Chessie just sailed away in some other breeze. It seems like we got gobbled up by this low cell that has formed on the trough. Now, we are going upwind in an easterly. The trough and low cell that are over us are supposed to be moving off to the northeast. A southeasterly, and eventually southwesterly, breeze is supposed to fill in. It just doesn't seem to be coming.

We are pretty frustrated at watching our good position from day one just go steadily down. We are not exactly sure what we have done wrong, so that makes it even more difficult.

Right now we are in a position where we have to get some leverage if we are going to come back in this race. So, we are sailing to the southeast hoping the southeasterly will fill, as predicted.

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Report #1

1505 GMT
35° 36'S, 163° 46'E

Miles to Auckland: 645

Place: 7th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 37 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

Looks like the south is paying already. This could be bad for us northerners as the advantage to the south could last for quite some time.

We knew the south was going to be good eventually, but we thought on the line or just north of the line would be good for the first 36 to 48 hours. The last sked showed everyone to our south gaining, those most to the south gained 10-14 miles on us. We gained on Verne [Kvaerner], but he is right behind us 11 miles.

We have got Silk Cut just to windward of us now about 0.8 of a mile. It is kind of fun and always good to have another boat right near you for the purpose of pushing the boat hard and learning what makes it go.

The first 36 hours of this leg have been mild compared to the beginning of Leg 3. We have been on port tack since Monday. We have had the reacher and the spinnaker up today, shifting back and forth as the wind has shifted. We are making good progress, although it is not that exciting yet.

Paul Cayard
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Leg 4 positions at 1800 GMT today:
  1. Swedish Match
  2. Toshiba
  3. Merit Cup
  4. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, tactician)
  5. Silk Cut
  6. Innovation Kvaerner
  7. BrunelSunergy
  8. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  9. EF Education
* Aggregate points total, including points scored for the first, second and third legs and points for the fourth leg according to current positions.

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