John Kostecki's Whitbread Log
Leg 6: São Sebastião to Ft. Lauderdale
Day 12 - March 25, 1998
So far, the rich are getting richer and, unfortunately, we were not rich to begin with, so we are hoping for a park-up somewhere in the Bahamas to get us back in the race.
14° 18'S, 056° 49'W
Miles to Ft. Lauderdale: 1,493
Place: 6th; distance behind 1st-place boat: 85 miles
From: John Kostecki, Skipper, Chessie Racing
We are currently rocketing along at 14 knots, under spinnaker in
20 knots of breeze, toward the finish in Ft Lauderdale.
has been unusually fast! We punched through the doldrums quickly
and picked up the Northeast Trade Winds. We have been in the
Northeast Trades for about 5 days now. The trades have been
strong in strength, ranging from 20-33 knots.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to enjoy the Northeast trades.
I have been below the deck since the Doldrums, which has been 5
days now. At the start of the race, I got a rash on both of my legs
from my high boots. It was very hot the first week of the leg, so
the rash got worse and spread as we raced. My rash became infected
after about 5 days at sea. I started to take medication and
external creams then and stayed below decks to avoid the salt
water and contact with my legs. The treatment has been working so
far, and my legs are beginning to heal.
The breeze is currently clocking around to the right, which should
free us up so we can sail without getting too wet. If this happens
I can come up on deck! I am crossing my fingers!
So far, the rich are getting richer and, unfortunately, we were not
rich to begin with, so we are hoping for a park-up somewhere in the
Bahamas to get us back in the race.
Thats all for now. I will try to write back before the end of the
John Kostecki (alias, Cabin Boy)