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Leg 6: São Sebastião to Ft. Lauderdale

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  The four of us all compressed together this morning and then found our way into a big hole.
Day 6 - March 19, 1998

Report #2

1606 GMT
05° 20'S, 034° 50'W

Miles to Ft. Lauderdale: 3,252

Place: 4th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 17.7 miles

From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language

It looks like we are lining up for a restart.

Right now we have Chessie [John Kostecki, skipper] half a mile behind and to leeward, Toshiba 0.8 of mile straight behind, and Verne [Kvaerner] 5 miles abeam to the west. The four of us all compressed together this morning and then found our way into a big hole.

The others have all made miles on us during the last sched. You pick your route based on historical data and the forecast, but then micro systems develop, and if they happen along your path, that is too bad.

I guess there is safety in numbers though. Swedish Match and Silk Cut could make big gains or big losses. We are not into that with our position in the regatta. We need to stay close and wait for the northeasters to blow and the stability game to start. This light air running is not our forte.

On board, it is very hot. So, nothing changed there. At night, when we get rain squalls, everyone is happy and on deck soaking it up.

The food is either worse or getting old. They are the same meals as on other legs, so probably the latter.

During the hole we fell into this morning we must have changed sails 10 times. At least we are getting in good shape.

And we are still making good progress toward Ft. Lauderdale, having done 1,500 miles in the first 122 hours.

Not a lot of fun and games on board to tell you about, just a lot of sun and broad-brimmed hats.

Paul Cayard

John Kostecki's Race Report
Skipper John Kostecki (AmericaOne tactician) has sent his first report from Chessie Racing, which you can read here.

Be sure to check back for more of the first-hand reports from EF Language and Chessie Racing.

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Leg 6 positions at 1800 GMT today:
  1. Silk Cut
  2. Merit Cup
  3. Innovation Kvaerner
  4. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  5. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  6. Toshiba
  7. BrunelSunergy
  8. EF Education
  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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