Whitbread update

January 06, 1998

Status: Day 1, Leg 4

Standings:

Boat, Nautical miles to finish

1. Toshiba, 712.0

2. Swedish Match, 712.7

3. Merit Cup, 718.7

4. Silk Cut, 722.2

hTC 5. Chessie Racing, 722.8

6. EF Language, 724.7

7. Innovation Kvaerner, 734.0

8. BrunelSunergy, 741.4

9. EF Education, 747.0 (as of 18: 02: 51 GMT)

Boat beat: The American entry Toshiba, with Dennis Conner at the helm, took the lead today in the 1,270-nautical-mile fourth leg of the Whitbread Round the World yacht race from Sydney to Auckland, New Zealand. Toshiba is the third boat to hold the lead since the fourth leg began Sunday. Conner, who has never won the Whitbread race, said when the race began 3 1/2 months ago that the Sydney-Auckland leg might be the only one he contested. He said he preferred it because of the short distance, his chance to win it and the rabid audience for sailing in Australia and New Zealand. The first boat is expected to arrive in Auckland on Friday.

Weather: High pressure will prevail just southeast of southeastern Australia and bridging eastward. Expect winds to be 10 to 20 knots.

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

Pub Date: 1/06/98

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