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Leg 7: Ft. Lauderdale to Baltimore

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  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.
Day 3 - April 21, 1998

Report #1

1324 GMT
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.

Paul Cayard

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Leg 7 positions at 0600 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. BrunelSunergy
  2. Swedish Match
  3. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  4. Innovation Kvaerner
  5. Silk Cut
  6. Toshiba
  7. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  8. EF Education
  9. Merit Cup
353
585
689
519
459
393
494
178
508
8
2
1
3
6
7
5
9
4
* 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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