Fleet focuses on Leg 2's Roaring Forties Week in review

October 29, 1997|By GILBERT A. LEWTHWAITE

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- With all 10 boats in the Whitbread Round the World Race safely in port at the end of the 7,350-mile Leg 1 from Southampton, England, the clock is ticking for the Nov. 8 restart.

The yacht basin here is a hive of activity with boats being hauled, masts stepped, gear washed and sails stitched. After a couple of days' rest, the crews are getting the boats shipshape for their toughest test - the 4,600 miles through the Southern Ocean and the Roaring Forties to Fremantle, Australia.

Last to arrive was Holland's BrunelSunergy, which sailed in under a crescent moon early Monday, six days after the leg winner, Sweden's EF Language, crossed the finish line. The Dutch boat suffered a broken rudder when it was hit by a whale and a bent mast.

All this frustrated skipper Hans Bouscholte's efforts to catch EF Education, with its all-women crew.

EF Education beat them into port by 36 hours, making a spectacular entry with the sun bathing Table Mountain.

Standings

After Leg 1

Boat (Country), Pts.

EF Language (Sweden), 125

Merit Cup (Monaco), 110

Innovation Kvaerner (Norway), 97

Silk Cut (Britain), 84

Chessie Racing (U.S.), 72

America's Challenge (U.S.), 60

Toshiba (U.S.), 48

Swedish Match (Sweden), 36

EF Education (Sweden), 24

BrunelSunergy (Netherlands), 12

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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