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Whitbread Log: Leg 6
São Sebastião to Ft. Lauderdale

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  It is a minefield out here. Squalls all over the place, wind from 0-25 knots, and from 80-220° M.
Day 4 - March 17, 1998

1206 GMT
15° 25'S, 036° 02'W

Miles to Ft. Lauderdale: 4,238

Place: 6th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 15.7 miles

From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language

Sorry for no report yesterday. We have just spent 24 hours changing sails every hour. It is a minefield out here. Squalls all over the place, wind from 0-25 knots, and from 80-220° M. Anyway, we seemed to have done OK and caught up to Chessie and Toshiba.

Earlier, we were right along side Silk Cut and EFE, and they both augured into a hole on the windward side of a squall. We escaped. They were just 2 miles to leeward of us. At night it is real difficult, because we can't see the non-precipitating clouds coming. Toshiba, Chessie and ourselves just got caught in one for about an hour.

It is hot out here! Water temperature is now 88°F or 31°C. Inside the boat it is real hard to sleep. We have the fans going and all the hatches (which isn't many) open. It amazes me that there is actually water that is 88°F in the Ocean.

We have flying fish landing on the deck every once in a while.

Just got the sched. Amazing. While we parked with Toshiba, Merit and Chessie, everyone else kept rolling. So, now we are 8th along side the girls and Brunel has gone from last to fourth. Silk Cut gained 13 miles as well. Like I said, it is a minefield out here. The distances are not too great, we are still just 15 miles out of first. Kvaerner seems to be consistently doing well on the inside. We will see what the next six hours brings. It should be like this all the way to the equator . . . 950 Miles.

Paul Cayard

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Leg 6 positions at 1200 GMT today:
  1. Innovation Kvaerner
  2. Silk Cut
  3. BrunelSunergy
  4. Chessie Racing
  5. Toshiba
  6. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  7. EF Education
  8. Merit Cup
  9. Swedish Match
* 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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