Whitbread update

December 20, 1997

Status: Day 6, Leg 3

Standings:

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

1. EF Language .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..673.2

2. Silk Cut .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..678.1

3. Toshiba .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...679.6

4. Swedish Match .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...681.6

5. Chessie Racing .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..684.1

6. Innovation Kvaerner .. .. .. .. .. .. ...696.1

7. Merit Cup .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .700.9

8. EF Education .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .703.2

9. BrunelSunergy .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...708.0

(as of 00: 05: 55 GMT)

Boat beat: A high-pressure system has engulfed the fleet, stalling its progress toward Sydney. The fleet remains split into four groups with Toshiba, Chessie Racing and Silk Cut farthest to the north. Merit Cup and EF Education are 54 miles to the south of them, and BrunelSunergy, EF Language and Swedish Match are together in a group 50.7 miles farther south.

Weather: Low pressure will slow the approach of the cold front into the Bass Strait.

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

Pub Date: 12/20/97

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