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Leg 6: São Sebastião to Ft. Lauderdale

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  . . . stuff rattling, shaking, flapping, spray flying, lightning going off, thunder, and all of us wrestling sails down on the deck and body-slamming them, just like they do in Big Time Wrestling, to hold them down . . . you know, boys like that kind of stuff.
Day 15 - March 28, 1998

1122 GMT
24° 31'N, 073° 20'W

Place: 2nd; distance behind of 1st-place boat: 19.5 miles

Miles to Ft. Lauderdale: 379

From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language

I am not too happy with the way we have sailed the last 3 days. Basically, we had this leg in hand and proceeded to give it back by not understanding that the east was, for many reasons, the place to be. Silk cut went ripping by at Barbuda and Swedish Match was up in the passing lane until we finally got our heads screwed on straight and went up there ourselves yesterday, a day late and more than a dollar short.

Yesterday's frontal passing of the so called, "Discipated Front" was a little more than discipated. As Rudi wrote, we got slammed by 40 knots on the nose for an hour or two. We even had a guest appearance by the skipper on the bow for those sail changes. The water is still 84°F, so it is not real world to be up there in those conditions: it was kind of fun . . . stuff rattling, shaking, flapping, spray flying, lightning going off, thunder, and all of us wrestling sails down on the deck and body-slamming them, just like they do in Big Time Wrestling, to hold them down . . . it was what we call a shit fight . . . you know, boys like that kind of stuff.

The story now is that the wind should blow from the east all the way to the barn, gradually getting lighter as we go. We have just under 400 miles left, so with any luck we will be in on Sunday evening.

Tactically, there are not many passing lanes left. We have to go through "hole-in-the-wall" on the Bahama Bank, leaving the north end of Eleuthera to port, down the Northwest Providence Channel, leaving Great Stirrup and Great Isaac to the south, and then across the Gulf Stream to Ft. Lauderdale.

For those of you who used to race the real SORC, you will remember these turning points as part of the Miami-Nassau race. While I have raced in Nassau many times over the years in my Star boat, I have not been down the channel and across the Stream in 10 years, so I am kind of looking forward to tomorrow.

We will see what tonight has in store for us; maybe a few more potholes left in the road.


Paul Cayard

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Leg 6 positions at 1200 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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