Paul Cayard's Whitbread Log
Leg 6: São Sebastião to Ft. Lauderdale
Day 10 - March 23, 1998
The EF Language "F-14 bow wave" is starting to form. This is our on-board description of the lines drawn from EF Language to the other boats when looking down on the plotting sheet.
08° 22'N, 047° 24'W
Miles to Ft. Lauderdale: 2,150
Place: 1st; distance ahead of 2nd-place boat: 1.2 miles
From: Mark Rudiger, Navigator, EF Language
Good morning Whitbread junkies! For those EF Language fans, I know you've all been wondering which one of these mornings you were going to
log on and finally have us in the lead. Well, until we're in the
lead, Paul doesn't sleep much and Rudi doesn't write much. And the
rest of the gang has been out all night in 5-alarmer taking a
pounding to come through for you all.
Paul is finally getting some
"rack" and I'm writing, so I guess that's a good sign for
now. Basically, my own observation is that the fleet is getting
tougher and tighter as we go. Small errors cost immediate losses.
The EF Language "F-14 bow wave" is starting to form. This is our
on-board description of the lines drawn from EF Language to the other boats
when looking down on the plotting sheet. We found our legs again
lately and need to keep sprinting for all we're worth.
Our slightly north -of-middle route seems to be working well, with
us getting the building trade winds without having sailed too
many extra miles. We're currently 1,085 miles from Barbuda, (our first
turn mark), where we hopefully slide on down the Bahamas to
The large Azores High to the north of us is pushing down
up to 25 knots of wind on the beam, making for some classic W60
fire-hose reaching. We should hold this for a few more days,
although slowly getting softer, especially if the frontal system over
Fortunately, the cooler breeze coming down from the north is making
life more bearable below, especially since we're all closed up to
keep dry. The downside is that with an average boat speed of 16
knots and beam seas, the motion is herky-jerky, so movement and
sleep still tough.
So far, boat and crew are running on all cylinders, so keep your
fingers crossed and we'll keep on motivating.