Facts And Figures

September 21, 1997|By BRUCE FARR AND ASSOCIATES

The Whitbread Round the World Race

Start: Today in Southampton, England

Finish: May 24, 1998, in Southampton, England

Entries: 10 Whitbread 60s

Distance: 31,600 nautical miles

Legs: Nine

Crews: Maximum 12 members per leg. Crew can vary from leg to leg.

New ports: Baltimore/Annapolis and La Rochelle, France

Water crossed: North and South Atlantic, Indian Ocean, South Pacific, Southern Ocean

TV: ESPN and ESPN2 will do more than 28 hours of coverage including two one-hour race previews, 18 bi-weekly half-hour programs, two one-hour live restarts from Fort Lauderdale and Baltimore/Annapolis and a one-hour race review after the finish. ABC will show a one-hour special reviewing the race on June 28, 1998.

Internet: The race's main web site, http://www.whitbread.org, provides a wealth of information about each boat as well as video, audio, instant news updates and virtual racing. Every day during the race, the boats will send email to that site. To find out about Whitbread events in Baltimore and Annapolis, go to www.us.net/whitbread. For The Sun's coverage of the race, check out www.sunspot.net/whitbread.

History: The race was created in 1972, with 17 yachts from seven countries leaving Portsmouth, England, on Sept. 8, 1973, in the initial event. They raced for 144 days and covered 27,120 nautical miles. Only 14 of the 17 boats finished the first race.

Scoring system

This is the first time that the winner will be determined by total points. Each boat will be awarded points for the position it finishes each leg. Each of the legs has been given a rating called the Leg Scoring Coefficient (LSC), which is determined by the length or difficulty of the leg. Boats receive points based on the LSC, multiplied by the number of entries minus the number of boats that finished ahead of them. In addition, the first three finishers in each leg receive bonuses of five points, two points and one point.

Leg.. .. .1.. ..2.. ..3.. ...4.. ...5.. ...6.. ...7.. ....8.. ....9

LSC.. ...12.. .12.. .10.. ..10.. ..13.. ..11. ...10.. ...11.. ...10

Pos... Pts ...Pts....Pts. ...Pts. ...Pts. ...Pts. ...Pts. ...Pts. ..Pts.

1st.. ..125.. 125.. .105.. .105.. .135.. .115.. .105.. ..115.. .105

2nd.. ..110...110.. ..92.. ..92.. .119.. .101.. ..92.. ..101.. ..92

3rd.. ...97.. .97.. ..81.. ..81.. .105.. ..89.. ..81.. ...89.. ..81

4th.. ...84.. .84.. ..70.. ..70.. ..91.. ..77.. ..70.. ...77.. ..70

5th.. ...72.. .72.. ..60.. ..60.. ..78.. ..66.. ..60.. ...66.. ..60

6th.. ...60.. .60.. ..50.. ..50.. ..65.. ..55.. ..50.. ...55.. ..50

7th.. ...48.. .48.. ..40.. ..40.. ..52.. ..44.. ..40.. ...44.. ..40

8th.. ...36.. .36.. ..30.. ..30.. ..39.. ..33.. ..30.. ...33.. ..30

9th.. ...24.. .24.. ..20.. ..20.. ..26.. ..22.. ..20.. ...22.. ..20

10th.. ..12.. .12.. ..10.. ..10.. ..13.. ..11.. ..10.. ...11.. ..10

Pofile of a sailing enthusiast

44: average age

72: percent that hold professional/managerial positions

89: percent that attended/graduated from college

112,000: average household income

243,000: average value of second home/other real estate

251,000: average value of principal residence

1,080,000: average net worth

Note: Based on the average of demographic profiles provided by Sailing World magazine, Cruising World Magazine, Yachting and Sail Association.

America's Cup vs. Whitbread 60

The boats that race in the Whitbread are entirely different animals when compared with their counterparts in the America's Cup.

America's Cup:

* 75 feet long, 13 feet deep and 25 tons.

* Races around buoys in protected waters during daylight hours.

* Reaches speeds of 12 to 14 knots.

* Faster in moderate winds. A larger boat than the Whitbread 60, it is quicker in the calmer wind range that it is designed to sail in.

* Contains nothing inside but the structure to support the keels and rigs. The design challenge is in the hull and keel shapes and making the structures as lightweight as possible.

Whitbread 60:

* 64 feet long, 12 feet deep and 14 tons.

* Races an average 120 days at sea in the world's most punishing waters, night and day.

* Contains water ballast.

* Reaches speeds of 30 knots.

* Faster in strong, storm-force winds. The boat is designed to surf along the surface in heavy-weather conditions, much like a speedboat.

* Contains crew quarters, head, stove, communications system, man-overboard equipment.

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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