Whitbread update

May 07, 1998

Status: Day 3, Leg 8

Standings:

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

1. Innovation Kvaerner .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2586.7

2. Merit Cup .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...2594.2

3. Chessie Racing .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .2595.6

4. Silk Cut .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .2598.3

5. Toshiba .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2599.5

6. EF Language .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .2601.9

7. BrunelSunergy .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2605.4

8. EF Education .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...2614.6

9. Swedish Match .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2625.5

(as of 00: 09: 14 GMT)

Boat beat: In the last 24 hours, the lead has changed with every position report. On this leg, the lead has changed seven times. In the bend in the Gulf Stream, the W60s are dipping in and out of the three- to four-knot stream. By 16: 00 Greenwich Mean Time today, the fleet will approach the high-pressure system sliding south out of Newfoundland.

Weather: A weak frontal system around 39.5/40N sagging slowly south. Winds E/SE with an easterly flow off the frontal system.

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

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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