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Leg 8: Baltimore to La Rochelle

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Day 6 - May 8, 1998

Report #1

0127 GMT
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 southeast.

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 the icebergs.

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.

Paul Cayard

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Leg 8 positions at 1200 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. Merit Cup
  2. Toshiba
  3. Innovation Kvaerner
  4. EF Education
  5. BrunelSunergy
  6. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  7. Swedish Match
  8. Silk Cut
  9. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
642
464
608
255
419
744
629
492
516
2
7
4
9
8
1
3
6
5
* Aggregate points total, including points scored for the earlier legs and points for the current leg according to present positions.


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