Paul Cayard's Whitbread Log
Leg 7: Ft. Lauderdale to Baltimore
Day 3 - April 21, 1998
I would say that EFL and Swedish missed a chance to make a big gain today by not tacking to starboard for a short time and getting in the stronger current.
32° 45'N, 076° 55'W
Place: 3rd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 32 miles
Miles to Baltimore: 414
From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language
It is a bumpy road out here now. The wind has gone to 30°M and the Stream is running at 2.6 knots into it. The waves are short and
steep. The slamming is getting intense for the hull and the rig.
Riding this bronco is a workout on deck, as well as in the
bunks . . . better on deck.
I thought ourselves and Swedish would have gained more in the last
sched by being more northeast and, therefore, in more good current.
I surmise that the other group has a more lifted wind. We are
waiting for the wind to be a solid 35 degrees, and then we will
tack to starboard to get more current. It is getting there.
I would say that EFL and Swedish missed a chance to make a big
gain today by not tacking to starboard for a short time and
getting in the stronger current. Of course, port tack has been
favored for the wind direction we actually have, and the
windshift (to the right) that is coming. Still, an extra knot of
current would make a big difference. On EFL we opted to go
conservative and stay with the fleet.
On board all is well; no damage, no one hurt. Hopefully, it will stay
that way. These waves are definitely a concern out here.