Md. crew sailing well with leaders Chessie update

December 17, 1997|By PETER BAKER

Chessie Racing, the Maryland entry in the Whitbread Round the World Race, has not filed reports to race headquarters since the start of Leg 3 on Saturday. Satellite position reports, however, indicate Chessie is doing well.

While Norway's Innovation Kvaerner and The Netherlands' BrunelSunergy took a gamble yesterday and headed south away from the fleet, Chessie is with the fleet leaders, sailing closer to the Australian coast.

At today's second report, at 6 a.m. (GMT), Chessie was in fourth position, 11.3 miles behind leader EF Language of Sweden, which led Swedish Match by 5.8 miles. U.S.' Toshiba was third, 9 miles back.

During the six-hour period from noon to 6 p.m. yesterday, Chessie averaged 10.9 knots, fastest in the fleet. In that period, Chessie made up 8.3 miles on Toshiba, which led during that interval. Since the start, Chessie has been as high as first place and as far back as eighth.

Given the close, tactical sailing on the 10-day leg to Sydney, boats can be expected to rise or fall in the leg standings often.

The fleet is crossing the Great Australian Bight toward Bass Strait, between Australia and Tasmania, and weather forecasters expect the more northern boats to do well on this leg.

Standings after Leg 2

Boat (Country) Pts.

Innovation Kvaerner (Norway) ... 207

EF Language (Sweden) ........... 197

Silk Cut (United Kingdom) ...... 168

Swedish Match (Sweden) ......... 161

Merit Cup (Monaco) ............. 158

Toshiba (U.S.) ................. 157

Chessie Racing (U.S.) .......... 132

EF Education (Sweden) ........... 60

America's Challenge (U.S.)** .... 48

BrunelSunergy (Netherlands) ..... 36

**Withdrew from race


A high pressure system continues to move eastward right behind the fleet. Winds are expected to be from the southeast and south, 20 to 25 knots during the day and 10 to 15 knots at night. If the fleet can stay in the stronger winds ahead of the center of the high, it may be able to outrun the system and hook into stronger winds ahead. It will take another couple of days to see which part of the fleet benefits most, the most northerly boats or the most southerly boats.

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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