Whitbread Log: Leg 5, Auckland to São Sebastião
Day 1 - Feb. 1, 1998
EF Language in Leg 4
36° 35'S, 174° 60'E
Miles to São Sebastião: 6,646
Place: 8th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 5.3 miles
From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language
The start was quite spectacular. It was a broad-reaching start
with the inshore side favored for wind and the offshore side
favored for current. In the end, inshore won out and Merit got the
best of it, with Swedish Match close behind. We were in the middle
of the line and got a middle result.
The southwesterly wind soon died and the fleet drifted for some
time. Kvaerner and ourselves made a move to the outside after the
first turning mark and held the 1-2 positions to the final turning
mark, with Silk Cut third.
We held the southeasterly wind for about one hour, then it
died. It was a painful afternoon as we witnessed a great battle
between the sea breeze and the southwesterly gradient. We went
absolutely nowhere for about 2 hours.
The sea breeze has now gone away as it is 1945 local time. We are
sailing along at 9.5 knots with spinnaker. We are approaching
Cape Colville, which will probably kill the wind again in about
one hour. So, more fun for us tonight in the dark.
I get very nervous looking at how much stuff we have on the boat
right now. I have to remind myself that everyone else has the
same amount of stuff and that we will need it in about four days.
So, it was a frustrating and slow afternoon that gave us a good
dose of dehydration to send us on our way. I guess Auckland has
the perfect average wind speed: It was 38 the day we got here and
0 most of today, so that averages out to 19 knots perfect.
Leg 5 positions at 0600 GMT today:
* Aggregate points total, including points scored for the first, second, third and fourth legs and points for the fifth leg according to current positions.
- Chessie Racing
- Merit Cup
- Swedish Match
- EF Education
- Silk Cut
- Innovation Kvaerner
- EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
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