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Leg 6: São Sebastião to Ft. Lauderdale

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  While watching a 20-mile lead turn into a 15 mile deficit is not fun, in the big picture, we are still having a good race. Our two primary competitors for the Round the World Race are Merit Cup and Swedish Match, who are still behind us.
Day 14 - March 27, 1998

Report #1

0208 GMT
20° 52'N, 066° 48'W

Place: 2nd; distance behind of 1st-place boat: 13.4 miles

Miles to Ft. Lauderdale: 798

From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language

Sorry that the writing has been a bit sparse, but we have had our hands full the last 24 hours. Between not having a Sat B, so no weather model information, and dealing with the constantly changing winds, I have had no time to even sleep.

It was a frustrating 24 hours. In a nutshell, we set up to the left going into Barbuda because the forecast was for the wind to go right and getting lighter, so we did not want to have to run in there with light wind. Well, we did not have to worry about that. The wind went left 20 degrees and increased 10 knots, so we came into Barbuda with a reacher on while Silk and the others, who got up high on the rhumb line, were able to carry spinnakers all the way. Further, those behind got the shift first.

Now, we are running in decent breeze, 22 knots, and Silk seems to be a bit faster. Could be that the right side is still better. We are trying to work our way over there.

While watching a 20-mile lead turn into a 15 mile deficit is not fun, in the big picture, we are still having a good race. Our two primary competitors for the Round the World Race are Merit Cup and Swedish Match, who are still behind us. If we beat them on this leg, that will be a big gain in the overall picture . . . more points to us and one more leg gone.

Onboard, life is a little better now that it is spring time up here in the Caribbean. Fall in Brazil was hot and "Summer" at the equator was extremely hot. So, the sleeping is better and I just got 6 hours in, so I am good for a while.


Paul Cayard

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Leg 6 positions at 0600 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. Silk Cut
  2. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  3. Swedish Match
  4. Innovation Kvaerner
  5. Merit Cup
  6. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  7. Toshiba
  8. BrunelSunergy
  9. EF Education
399
609
493
449
477
454
343
248
148
6
1
2
5
3
4
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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