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Leg 9: La Rochelle to Southampton
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  The big decision of the race could well be when to tack onto port in the English Channel tomorrow as the wind shifts and the current changes.
Day 1 - May 22, 1998

1210 GMT
46° 01'N, 001° 10'W

Place: Pre-race

Miles to Southampton: 430

From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language

It has been a fast but fun stopover for EF Language. Lots of compliments on a job well done. We are now looking forward to a great race to Southampton, which will in all likelihood decide 2nd-6th place overall.

The forecast is for a northeasterly 12-18 knots tonight, going to the north and dropping in velocity for tomorrow. The big decision of the race could well be when to tack onto port in the English Channel tomorrow as the wind shifts and the current changes.

Sunday morning looks real light in the western Solent and with an out-going current, anchoring 20 miles from the finish is a real possibility. That would leave the fleet virtually all lined up and what a stress for those trying to protect their positions — Swedish Match and Merit. I am very happy not to have the whole race still on the line.

This will be exciting right from the start to the finish, so hang on to your mouse, the start is just one hour away.

Paul Cayard

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Leg 9 positions at 1300 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  2. Toshiba
  3. Silk Cut
  4. Merit Cup
  5. Innovation Kvaerner
  6. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  7. Swedish Match
  8. BrunelSunergy
  9. EF Education
688
570
641
663
612
794
669
405
275
2
7
5
4
6
1
3
8
9
* Aggregate points total, including points scored for the earlier legs and points for the current leg according to present positions.

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