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Leg 6: São Sebastião to Ft. Lauderdale

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  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.
Day 10 - March 23, 1998

2202 GMT
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 Florida.

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 Cuba persists.

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.

Mark Rudiger  


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Leg 6 positions at 1200 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  2. Silk Cut
  3. Innovation Kvaerner
  4. Merit Cup
  5. Swedish Match
  6. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  7. Toshiba
  8. BrunelSunergy
  9. EF Education
622
385
461
488
470
454
343
248
148
1
6
4
2
3
5
7
8
9
* 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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