The finish is all the way up in Southampton, so more chance for crazy wind. Thank god that is not my worry.
Day 3 - May 24, 1998
50° 48'N, 001° 18'W
Place: 2nd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 0.2 mile
Miles to Southampton: 25
From: Paul Cayard, Skipper, EF Language
We are currently in second place on this leg and heading for a big celebration of our Victory in this Race. The race is tight as
Merit Cup has just the points she needs to be second over all. If
anything changes with the position of the first five boats, it
could be Swedish Match in second overall.
There are 25 miles to
go and the current will start to go against us in a half an hour.
The wind will likely die, too, so this could get real crazy. Also,
the finish is all the way up in Southampton, so more chance for
crazy wind. Thank god that is not my worry.
It is hard to summarize the whole race right now. What I can say
is that for sure it has been the most unusual and exceptional
sporting experience of my life. Winning is just icing on the
I want to thank my crew, my family, EF and all our sponsors, the
shore team, and the girls on EF Education for all that they
contributed to this great achievement. I also want to commend all
my fellow competitors for a good effort and for their efforts to
bring this story to all of you. Finally, the race organizers, and
the various committees are to be thanked for their professional
work in putting this race together.
I am off to AmericaOne and the America's Cup next week. There is
much to do and just 18 months left to the start of the challengers'
series in Auckland. I will be working from our offices in San
Francisco. If you want to contact me you can at our Web site:
End of the beginning.