Whitbread update

November 18, 1997

Status: Day 10, Leg 2

Standings:

Boat, Nautical miles to finish

1. Swedish Match, 1,880.1

2. Innovation Kvaerner, 2,232.0

3. Toshiba, 2,384.5

4. EF Language, 2,561.1

5. Silk Cut, 2,581.8

6. Chessie Racing, 2,598.3

7. EF Education, 2,668.0

8. Merit Cup, 2,677.5

9. BrunelSunergy, 2,706.5

(as of 00: 2: 25GMT)

Boat beat: The French-owned Kerguelen Island, some 8,000 miles from France, has a long history with the Whitbread, having sheltered boats in need of repair. At the Antarctic Convergence, where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean mix with the frigid Antarctic waters, the average temperature is 35 degrees, with the winds, known as the "Screaming Fifties," in excess of 56 mph on 140 days of the year. After World War II, the International Organization of Civil Aviation asked France to establish the first meteorological station in the southern Indian Ocean there. The population fluctuates between 50 and 100 geologists, meteorologists, oceanographers and biologists.

Weather: A big pressure system will prevail near 42S/60E while intense low pressure sits near 60S/100E.

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

Pub Date: 11/18/97

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