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Cayard Takes Early Lead on Leg 4

EF Language EF Language Leading Leg 4
SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 4, 1998) — Paul Cayard and EF Language had a near-perfect start to take the lead on the 1,270-nautical-mile Leg 4 of the Whitbread Round the World Race for the Volvo Trophy.

The nine-boat fleet sailed out of Sydney Harbor at 1:30 p.m. local time today. They are expected to arrive in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday. The winds were light and variable from the northeast to southeast and the air humid at the start. However, the breeze increased to a south-southeasterly 18 knots with two- to three-foot swells as the boats headed into the Tasman Sea.

EF Language, the overall race leader, had a clear boat-speed advantage over its competitors, taking a 26-second lead over Swedish Match at the first mark. Toshiba, with Dennis Conner at the helm, was over the line early, had to restart, and trailed EF Language by 3 minutes, 40 seconds at the first mark.

At the second and final mark for leaving Sydney Harbor, Silk Cut had moved into second place, trailing EF Language by 35 seconds. They were followed by Innovation Kvaerner, Swedish Match, Merit Cup, Chessie Racing, BrunelSunergy, Toshiba and EF Education.

See also the reports from Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language.

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