Paul Cayard's Whitbread Log
Leg 7: Ft. Lauderdale to Baltimore
Day 2 - April 20, 1998
The fleet is waiting for the wind to shift far enough to the northeast to make a tack the viable solution. Then we will all sail north back into the Gulf Stream.
31° 22'N, 078° 42'W
Place: 3rd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 48 miles
Miles to Baltimore: 532
From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language
It has gotten very light now, at 12:00 EST. 5 knots of wind where we are.
Lately, the west has paid and we have moved into second place. The
difference is small from 2nd to last. Brunel has made a bold
move to run east of the stream and the cold eddies that have
adverse current. My guess is that the group of yachts to our
east -- Kvaerner, Merit, Toshiba, Silk and Chessie -- have some amount
of bad current from an eddie on the eastern edge of the stream.
The fleet is waiting for the wind to shift far enough to the
northeast to make a tack the viable solution. Then we will all
sail north back into the Gulf Stream.
We are positioned to the north of the fleet, so we should be in
good shape for that move.
I would say anything can and will happen in this race.