Whitbread update

October 16, 1997

Status: Day 25, Leg 1

Standings:

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

1. EF Language .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .1,669.4

2. Merit Cup .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1,766.2

3. Innovation Kvaerner .. .. .. .. .. ..1,779.8

4. Silk Cut .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .1,970.1

5. Chessie Racing .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .2,087.6

6. America's Challenge .. .. .. .. .. ..2,216.0

7. Toshiba .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2,229.4

8. Swedish Match .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2,271.7

9. EF Education .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...2,532.3

10. BrunelSunergy .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .2,635.1

(as of 6: 07 p.m. GMT)

Boat beat: It was 35 degrees Celsius, calm, sunny and clear. Chessie Racing's Greg Gendell thought it was a good time for a dip: "During the calm conditions a few of us went swimming. It was very refreshing and a nice change of pace." But lurking a small distance from the boat was an uninvited guest, to whom the three sets of legs wiggling in the water, and the tantalizing and strong smell of human flesh must have been inviting. "Shortly after we got out of the water, we saw a shark," Gendell said. "He was trying to sneak up on us, but his dorsal fin coming out of the water blew his cover."

Weather: South to southwest winds from 12-18 knots.

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

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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