Home PageSite Map

Paul Cayard's Whitbread Log
Leg 8: Baltimore to La Rochelle

----------------------------- red rule ------------------------------
Previous Report Next Report

  Our game is once again back to "Stay between the man and the hoop." Swedish Match is cooperating pretty well so far by not angling off to the south or north wildly, but rather closing right up our tail pipe.
Day 10 - May 12, 1998

2227 GMT
46° 47'N, 021° 35'W

Place: 3rd; distance ahead of Swedish Match (6th): 15.6 miles

Miles to La Rochelle: 839

From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language

It has been an interesting couple of days, but nothing like the last three days are going to be. We got through the ice in one piece and had our buddies on Swedish Matched covered well. On Monday, the wind died for the whole fleet and then shifted 180 degrees, and we managed to stay in third place, all in order.

Things were shaping up nicely for the leg and the overall standings, us with a 50-mile lead on Swedish Match, and Toshiba and Merit out front to take the top two spots.

Today, Tuesday, has brought a new program — the compression program. Basically, since 0600 today, and at least until 0600 Thursday, the boats behind and to the north will gain on those leading . . . the east. There is a high-pressure ridge blocking the way to France, and the southerly flow coming off a low to the west is coming up behind the fleet.

So, after 3,000 miles, we will have a restart of sorts on Thursday, with 500 miles to go. That is about the best scenario for Swedish Match and their need to get 5 or 6 boats between us and them. The fleet will be lined up pretty much in a north-south line at about 12°W longitude. Some will be to the north, Chessie for sure, and some will be to the south, maybe Verne or Brunel.

The race will be to see who can get through or around the high-pressure ridge first, and then who has the best angle on the wind into La Rochelle. For example, just because someone gets through the ridge 3 hours earlier to the north and then has to run in light air down to La Rochele, doesn't mean he will beat someone who gets through 3 hours later, but then has a reaching angle to La Rochelle.

So, our game is once again back to "Stay between the man and the hoop." Swedish Match is cooperating pretty well so far by not angling off to the south or north wildly, but rather closing right up our tail pipe. The best for us is to be in sight of them and to stick close to them so as to limit the possibility of getting boats between us.

Of course, we on EF Language would like it to be a little more straight forward than that, but that is not always the nature of the sport, nor life, for that matter. Thursday to the finish, probably Saturday, will be some testing racing in some variable winds, but in the end I am confident we will get the job done. Just a little more spice to it for the spectators.

Paul Cayard

Previous Report Next Report


Leg 8 positions at 0600 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. Merit Cup
  2. Toshiba
  3. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  4. EF Education
  5. Silk Cut
  6. Swedish Match
  7. Innovation Kvaerner
  8. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  9. BrunelSunergy
642
464
778
255
525
640
563
527
375
2
7
1
9
6
3
4
5
8
* Aggregate points total, including points scored for the earlier legs and points for the current leg according to present positions.


Related articles and links:



HOME PORT | WHITBREAD | NEWSLINE


Web site sponsored by:
Official Sponsors
Hewlett-Packard Company

Official Suppliers
Ernst & Young | Exponent, Inc. | Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Grey Advertising | Korn/Ferry Int'l | Volvo Penta| SAIC

Team Suppliers
Altair Computing | Black Mountain Spring Water
Chesapeake Decision Sciences | Hornblower Yachts, Inc.
PowerBar | Trimble | West Marine



Copyright © 1998, AmericaOne