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Leg 7: Ft. Lauderdale to Baltimore

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  We are in a "full race" watch system, which means eight people on deck at all times . . . not a lot of sleep in the next 60 hours.
Day 1 - April 19, 1998

Place: 3rd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 0.2 miles

Miles to Baltimore: 740

From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language

It has been 9 hours since the start and thanks to the current we have already clicked off 130 miles.

The start was fairly ordinary for Whitbread starts, downwind. Toshiba won the start with Kvaerner right behind them and ourselves next. The problem was that none of us could cross Chessie and Silk Cut when it came time to gybe for the "gate" that we had to pass between. It was a tight squeeze for some, Brunel and Toshiba almost hit. Chessie led the way followed by Silk, Toshiba, Brunel then ourselves.

Shortly after that we worked our way past Toshiba and Kvaerner. We all reached out to the stronger current of the Gulf Stream, where we found 4.5 knots of northerly flow. Once the fleet squared up for deeper angle running, Merit took off and went to the front next to Chessie.

The fleet was waiting for a lift from the cold front, but it never came. So, now we are all on port tack heading back into the stream, having sailed out of it waiting for the lift. This let Swedish Match back into the game from her last-place position earlier.

My guess is that this leg will constantly be like that; all boats bunched up, with some making small gains here and there. Probably the last lead change will occur in the Chesapeake, how far up I don't know. Maybe right in front of Fort McHenry.

No mishaps or damage to report. Dinner was sandwiches. We are in a "full race" watch system, which means eight people on deck at all times . . . not a lot of sleep in the next 60 hours. That is ok — I am told they have nice beds in Baltimore.

Paul Cayard

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Leg 7 positions at 2100 GMT today:
  1. Swedish Match
  2. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  3. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  4. Merit Cup
  5. Silk Cut
  6. Innovation Kvaerner
  7. Toshiba
  8. EF Education
  9. BrunelSunergy
* 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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