Whitbread update

October 06, 1997

Status: Day 15, Leg 1

Standings:

Boat ..................... Nautical miles to finish

1. Innovation Kvaerner ... 4,090.4

2. Merit Cup ............. 4,111.1

3. EF Language ........... 4,129.5

4. Chessie Racing ........ 4,179.8

5. Silk Cut .............. 4,189.9

6. Toshiba ............... 4,288.7

7. America's Challenge ... 4,295.7

8. Swedish Match ......... 4,299.9

9. BrunelSunergy ......... 4,585.5

10. EF Education ......... 4,657.9

(as of 6 p.m. EDT)

Boat beat: The Dutch yacht BrunelSunergy, while traveling about 10 knots, hit a whale about 980 miles from Fernando de Noronha yesterday morning. "The rudder lost 50 centimeters and there is no leakage. But we are having some control problems. But with this amount of wind [12 knots] we are still able to sail the boat safely," reported skipper Hans Bouscholte. According to Bouscholte, there are several options. The first is to sail on with the same rudder and when it falls apart to continue with the emergency rudder to Cape Town. Another possibility is to go into Recife on the Brazilian mainland and to change rudders. Just before the incident, BrunelSunery reported the fastest averaged speed of the whole fleet.

Weather: Easterly trades of 10-18 knots for the yachts north of 10N. The doldrums will have southeast winds for the most part but will become southerly at times.

Note: Information compiled from the Whitbread Round the World Race Web site at www.whitbread.org

Pub Date: 10/06/97

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