Paul Cayard's Whitbread Log
Leg 8: Baltimore to La Rochelle
Day 6 - May 8, 1998
44° 50'N, 054° 52'W
Place: 6th; distance ahead of Swedish Match (7th): 11.4 miles
Miles to La Rochelle: 2,237
From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language
We have finally gotten the clamps back on Swedish Match after they gave us a head fake two days ago and escaped in a rain squall.
The problem is that we are both very far north and are now being
squeezed by the ice on the north side and uncooperative wind on
The forecast was for the wind to shift to the south, and then southwest, as the high-pressure system moved south of us. This would have put us in the best position in the fleet, as the others would slow down being too close to the center of the
high. But it seems the high is moving more easterly and, therefore,
letting the boats to the southeast off the hook and keeping our
winds more southeasterly, making it hard for us to get east around
We had a thick fog belt earlier, but now it is clear again. We
will get a lot of thick fog over the next three days as we cross
the Grand Banks and Labrador current.
There has been ice sighted at 45°, 40'N and 48°W. I would like to keep
south of that, but we are almost upwind trying to get there.
We should have some strong winds on the 10th of May, a bit of
serious fire hosing with ice water, something we really miss since
Leg 5. Water temp. is down to 49°F now.
We have almost everything on that we brought gloves hats and
layers. Tonight the wind is 15 knots from 150°M, with a fairly
smooth sea, so we are not getting too wet.