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John Kostecki's Whitbread Log
Leg 6: São Sebastião to Ft. Lauderdale

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  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.
Day 12 - March 25, 1998

1427 GMT
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 John Kostecki 20 knots of breeze, toward the finish in Ft Lauderdale. This trip 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 Sailing on the Tube 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 leg.

John Kostecki (alias, Cabin Boy)  
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Read Paul Cayard's Whitbread Log.


Leg 6 positions at 1200 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  2. Silk Cut
  3. Innovation Kvaerner
  4. Swedish Match
  5. Merit Cup
  6. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  7. Toshiba
  8. BrunelSunergy
  9. EF Education
622
385
461
481
477
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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