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Whitbread Log: Leg 5, Auckland to São Sebastião----------------------------- red rule ------------------------------
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  We are currently sailing in 18 knots of wind. The sea is as smooth as any lake you have ever sailed on.
Day 5 - Feb. 5, 1998

0227 GMT
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] started.

Paul Cayard
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Leg 5 positions at 0600 GMT today:
  1. Chessie Racing
  2. Merit Cup
  3. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  4. Toshiba
  5. Silk Cut
  6. Swedish Match
  7. Innovation Kvaerner
  8. EF Education
  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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