Whitbread Log: Leg 5, Auckland to São Sebastião
Day 5 - Feb. 5, 1998
We are currently sailing in 18 knots of wind. The sea is as smooth as any lake you have ever sailed on.
47° 51'S, 174° 26'W
Miles to São Sebastião: 5,803
Place: 3rd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 2 miles
From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language
It has been a good 24 hours for EF Language. We have clawed our
way back to the leaders and, in fact, are in third place, just 2
miles out of first. We are in a four-pack of Merit, Chessie, Silk
and ourselves. We are all within three miles of each other, so the
intensity on board has gone up. This is one of the advantages of
sailing close to another boat. It sure feels nice to be back.
This morning there were six of us. Toshiba and Swedish gybed away
to the south earlier. I suppose they are hoping for stronger
wind. Obviously, the other three agreed with our forecast, which is
that the shift was worth more than the pressure at this point.
But, as usual, we will have to wait and see.
We just had our first bowl of chili in at least two months. I
hope the damage to the crew is not too bad. It sure tastes good
going in though.
We are currently sailing in 18 knots of wind. The sea is as
smooth as any lake you have ever sailed on. Tonight the wind
should increase to 25 knots, so we may get moving a bit. The race
sure has been slow so far. I am sure that in a week I will be
wishing I was as dry and warm as I am right now.
Today we were feeling so brave in this extremely mild environment
that we started talking about climbing Mt. Everest. Can you
imagine that? We haven't even gotten around Cape Corn yet and we
are talking about go somewhere where the people who tried and
failed before you are sitting there, frozen to death, looking at
you as you hike by. Clearly we don't have enough to do out here.
I have asked the crew to write you some messages now while the
going is easy, so you should get some news from them. [Read Josh Belsky's message.]
I hope we still have a president in the USA and that Gulf War | has [not]
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
- EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
- Silk Cut
- Swedish Match
- Innovation Kvaerner
- EF Education
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