Whitbread update

October 10, 1997

Status: Day 19, Leg 1

Standings:

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

1. Innovation Kvaerner ... 3,227.0

2. Merit Cup ............. 3,243.4

3. EF Language ........... 3,251.2

4. Silk Cut .............. 3,371.0

5. Chessie Racing ........ 3,396.5

6. Toshiba ............... 3,567.5

7. America's Challenge ... 3,602.4

8. Swedish Match ......... 3,635.8

9. EF Education .......... 3,809.8

10. BrunelSunergy ........ 3,826.0

(as of 6 p.m. GMT)

Boat beat: BrunelSunergy is having difficulty steering upwind, as it makes its way to Recife off the Brazilian coast to receive a new rudder. The boat is expected to be in port for no more than six hours, but the crew's biggest concern is the delay with Brazilian customs. To avoid a delay, a representative from TNT Express World Wide will travel with the rudder, delivering it personally. Yesterday afternoon, the spare rudder was shipped out by airplane from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. With a box measuring four meters long, one meter high and one wide, it's not exactly hand luggage. There is also extra food in the crate. Tonight, the shore team will leave for Brazil. When the boat arrives, workers will lift the back part of the boat above the water, then put a pontoon/barge or a boat underneath and change the rudder.

Weather: Fairly consistent conditions from north to south across the fleet.

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

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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