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Leg 7: Ft. Lauderdale to Baltimore

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  I lost my voice, so that is good news for the crew, but makes being the skipper a little difficult. In fact, if it is close at the end and if my voice isn't better, I will probably have Stevie steer the boat.
Day 3 - April 21, 1998

Report #3

2021 GMT
34° 57'N, 072° 24'W

Place: 3rd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 22.3 miles

Miles to Baltimore: 267

From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language

Like Rudi said, broken glass! The punishment these things can take is unbelievable. We are basically leaping off 10-foot waves at 10 knots and landing very hard. How the mast doesn't just keep going through the bottom I don't know.

Sailing on the Tube

I lost my voice, so that is good news for the crew, but makes being the skipper a little difficult. In fact, if it is close at the end and if my voice isn't better, I will probably have Stevie steer the boat. The helmsman of a boat is basically the Conductor of the Opera. When match racing, good communication is very important.

I am hoping we can get close to Swedish Match in the Chesapeake Bay and match race them at the end like in Sydney. They have been a little faster than us the last 30 hours, which has been upwind in 20 knots. They are the widest in the fleet on the beam waterline and they have a little lower roach mainsail than we do. Maybe they just sail better in these conditions, too.

Brunel made another great move to take the lead. We could never afford to do that, but they can and did! That is great to see and more power to them. They are going a little slower than us and Swedish, so we will keep an eye on them in the bay.

We are going to leave Cape Hatteras to port in about 2.5 hours. The seas will calm down a lot, as we will be out of the Gulf Stream.

One difficulty dealt with, another just about to begin. The Chesapeake, by all accounts is a very tricky place to sail. The forecast is for a fairly good east-northeasterly breeze from a high-pressure system passing just north of Baltimore. If that is the case, it may be less tricky than usual. We still have plenty of fish traps and lobster pots that will try to get stuck onto our keel and rudder, so there will be some fun there I am sure.

We will try our best to keep you posted. If it gets close with someone towards the finish, you may not get as much as usual.

Paul Cayard

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Leg 7 positions at 2100 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. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  7. Merit Cup
  8. EF Education
  9. Toshiba
353
585
689
519
459
504
528
168
373
8
2
1
4
6
5
3
9
7
* 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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