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Leg 9: La Rochelle to Southampton
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  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

0929 GMT
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.

Sailing on the Tube 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 cake.

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: www.ac2000.org.

End of the beginning.

Paul Cayard

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Leg 9 positions at 1000 GMT today:
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
      BoatPoints*Position
Overall
  1. Merit Cup
  2. EF Language (P. Cayard, skipper)
  3. Innovation Kvaerner
  4. Silk Cut
  5. Swedish Match
  6. Toshiba
  7. BrunelSunergy
  8. Chessie Racing (J. Kostecki, skipper)
  9. EF Education
698
836
633
630
689
528
415
613
275
2
1
4
5
3
7
8
6
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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