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Leg 2 Starts Saturday in Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Nov. 7, 1997) — Paul Cayard, skipper of the Swedish boat EF Language, hopes to extend his lead in the Whitbread Round the World Race for the Volvo Trophy during the 4,600-mile Leg 2 to Fremantle, Western Australia. The second leg of the 32,000-mile ocean marathon begins Saturday at 11:30 GMT (13:30 local time; see Time of Day for the current time in Cape Town).

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However, despite his decisive victory in Leg 1, Cayard is not deluding himself with regard to the realities of the race, which are that he is a rookie competing against veterans.

"We are respectful of the fact that we are still basically Whitbread novices," he said. "I think the first leg was a bit of an anomaly and the margin by which we won was unusual. We were the beneficiaries where the weather provided a series of gates and the rich got richer. I think Leg 2 will be quite different. Just outside Perth, and depending on the weather conditions, we could have a restart and some really tight racing on the approach to Perth."

As the winner of the leg, EF Language scored 125 points, the maximum possible, and leads second-place Merit Cup by 15 points.

On Thursday, EF Language received two awards from race officials:

  • Leg 1 Volvo Trophy
    For winning the first leg of the race.
  • The Most Effective Use of Communication
    For the most imaginative mix of video, stills and written word to best illustrate conditions on board.

Cayard again will be filing daily reports from aboard EF Language. Check back here to follow his progress as the nine-boat fleet races across the notorious Southern Ocean from South Africa to Australia.

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