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  It is faster to crack off a bit and go east, and this is rated better on the sked, too. But the first cold front, with associated stronger wind, is coming from the west in about 48 hours.
Day 3 - Feb. 3, 1998

2005 GMT
41° 20'S, 178° 32'E

Miles to São Sebastião: 6,251

Place: 8th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 24.5 miles

From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language

The fleet is lined up on a southwest-northeast line. This makes us all pretty even to the finish, but in fact we are spread out along that line. We believe that being south and west is the most desirable over the next 48 hours. Merit who is 7 miles at 215 degrees from us obviously believes this will be the case, too.

As we are all on Starboard tack, with a south wind, southing is expensive and that is what we and Silk Cut have done during the last six hours relative to Toshiba, Kvaerner and EF Education. It is faster to crack off a bit and go east, and this is rated better on the sked, too. But the first cold front with associated stronger wind is coming from the west in about 48 hours.

We are settling into our life at sea; getting used to the food, used to sleeping during the day, and getting over the nostalgia of leaving our friends and family. It takes a few days, especially after a long stopover like this last one. Rudy and Juggy are trying to fix our intercom from the nav station to deck. There is always something that needs to be fixed, usually it is some piece of software.

With the slow start we are having, this leg could become 26 days quite easily. The wild sailing hasn't started yet but with the south wind the temperature has dropped a bit. We have all got our first layer of thermals on.

Porridge was the breakfast this morning with, apple/cinnamon topping. Amazing what they make into freeze-dried.

Paul Cayard
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Leg 5 positions at 1200 GMT today:
  1. Chessie Racing
  2. Toshiba
  3. EF Education
  4. Innovation Kvaerner
  5. Swedish Match
  6. Merit Cup
  7. Silk Cut
  8. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  9. BrunelSunergy
* Aggregate points total, including points scored for the first, second, third and fourth legs and points for the fifth leg according to current positions.

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