Whitbread update

December 18, 1997

Status: Day 4, Leg 3

Standings:

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

1. Toshiba ............... 1,169.1

2. Chessie Racing ........ 1,173.1

3. Silk Cut .............. 1,173.7

4. EF Language ........... 1,176.3

5. Swedish Match ......... 1,188.5

6. Merit Cup ............. 1,198.3

7. Innovation Kvaerner ... 1,198.3

8. EF Education .......... 1,204.1

9. BrunelSunergy ......... 1,210.4

(as of 18: 04: 16 GMT)

Boat beat: First-leg winner EF Language took the lead yesterday in the third leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race from Fremantle to Sydney. The fleet was halfway across the Great Australian Bight, but it was spread over a front of about 120 miles and split into three groups. EF Language was 1,274 miles from Sydney, the next port, and sailing in 10-knot southerly winds, but only had a 32-mile advantage over last-place stablemate, EF Education.

Weather: High pressure will head to 37S/122-124E with low pressure over western South Wales.

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

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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