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Whitbread Race: Leg 7
Ft. Lauderdale to Baltimore
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Leg 7 Starts Sunday; Short Leg Promises Close Racing

APRIL 16, 1998

EF Language
Race leader EF Language off the coast of Florida.
Racing resumes Sunday in the 1997-98 Whitbread Round The World Race with the start of Leg 7 — and race leaders Paul Cayard and EF Language are looking for their fourth victory on this leg, which starts and ends in the United States. Cayard sees it as an opportunity to not only extend his 115-point Whitbread lead, but also a chance to raise the visibility of the AmericaOne Challenge, of which he is the CEO and skipper.

The comparatively short 870-nautical-mile passage to Baltimore, Maryland, will leave little or no room for error, however — particularly, the final 120 miles up Chesapeake Bay, which is likely to present tricky tides and currents to the nine-boat Whitbread fleet.

"Anything could happen there," Cayard says.

One boat he will be watching closely is Chessie Racing, which has AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki on board as co-skipper. Kostecki is one of the world's top sailors and has a knack for putting a boat in the right place at the right time.

Moreover, Cayard believes Chessie may be the fastest boat in the Whitbread fleet, and with the W60 being based in Baltimore, the crew will have every motivation to finish first.

Follow their progress with Cayard's daily reports from EF Language posted here at the AmericaOne Web site.

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