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Leg 9: La Rochelle to Southampton
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  It will be quite interesting what happens under the cliffs at Anvil Point at 04:30 Sunday morning. It will also be quite interesting to see if we will have to put in a few more miles and if so, where?

Day 2 - May 23, 1998

1910 GMT
49° 27'N, 003° 51'W

Place: 2nd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 0.2 mile

Miles to Southampton: 136

From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language

It is a very pleasant late afternoon in the English Channel. We are 100 meters astern of Merit Cup, with Silk cut 0.5 mile to windward and slightly aft of the beam. We are all reaching along at 12 knots in very smooth seas.

The fleet is spread out a bit, but in a northwest-southeast line, so all very even in distance to the finish. It will be quite interesting what happens under the cliffs at Anvil Point at 04:30 Sunday morning. It will also be quite interesting to see if we will have to put in a few more miles and if so, where? The logical bet for the extra miles is to North Head and back to Poole Fairway, and then into the Solent for the finish off Southampton.

Just had some freeze-dried pasta with Albacore . . . not bad. On this trip the boys broke the contraband rule in a big way and we are full of cookies, candy and and all the bad things you can imagine.

We have picked up our first floating fan today, a 60-foot powerboat. I am sure the flotilla will get bigger every hour until we finish tomorrow afternoon.

Not that this is my last report of the Race, but I want to thank Quokka Sports, the company who has set up the Web site and managed it for the past nine months. I also what to thank all of you who have followed our progress, in good times and bad, around the world.

As you know, it has been an incredible experience in all of our lives, one which we are very privileged to have. I am happy if you have gotten a better feel for our adventure and race through this medium. The Internet is an ideal tool for this sort of event, and I know that the sky is the limit for what will be done for the first Volvo Ocean Race in 2001.

Thanks to you all!

Paul Cayard

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Leg 9 positions at 1800 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. Merit Cup
  2. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  3. Silk Cut
  4. BrunelSunergy
  5. Toshiba
  6. Innovation Kvaerner
  7. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  8. Swedish Match
  9. EF Education
698
836
641
445
538
602
623
659
275
2
1
4
8
7
6
5
3
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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