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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 24, 1998
EF Education, the all-women's entry in the Whitbread Round the World Race, has filed a protest against U.S. boat Toshiba, accusing skipper Dennis Conner's boat of a right-of-way violation on the first night of Leg 7 from Fort Lauderdale to Baltimore.EF Education notified race headquarters and Toshiba of its intent to protest shortly after the alleged incident early Monday.Both boats were sailing downwind on starboard tacks about a half-mile apart, EF Education said, when Toshiba jibed to port and onto a collision course.
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May 24, 1998
Status: Day 2, Leg 9Standings:Boat .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Nautical miles to finish1. BrunelSunergy .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...102.42. Merit Cup .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .103.63. EF Language .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .103.84. Silk Cut .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..104.15. Toshiba .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 104.36. Swedish Match .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...104.77. Innovation Kvaerner .. .. .. .. .. .. ...104.78. Chessie Racing .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..107.29. EF Education .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .109.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1998
Sailing legend Dennis Conner was smacked with a hefty penalty in the Whitbread Round the World Race yesterday, a move that bumped his boat to last place in the latest leg of this nine-month contest.Testifying before an international jury for more than four hours, sailors from the all-women's team, EF Education, alleged Conner's Toshiba violated a rule guarding against collisions at sea."We did everything to avoid the collision, and they didn't do everything in the rules to avoid it," EF Education skipper Christine Guillou said of the incident, which happened more than a week ago on the first night of the leg from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Baltimore.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1998
LA ROCHELLE, France -- For a race that is over for all practical purposes, the Whitbread still has plenty of drama left.When EF Language pulled into a scruffy fishing port on the outskirts of La Rochelle in the pre-dawn hours yesterday, it had gathered enough points to set a Whitbread Round the World Race record. That is, it won the 31,600-nautical-mile sailing marathon around the globe one leg early before the race ends Sunday in Southampton, England.Even though first is sewn up, the race for second and third is very much alive.
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By SUN STAFF | February 25, 1998
EF Education, the women's team from Sweden that was dismasted in the Whitbread Round the World Race, will step a new mast in Ushuaia, Argentina, and complete Leg 5 under sail.Race officials estimate the women's team will arrive in Sao Sebastiao, Brazil, on March 10, four days before the start of Leg 6 to Fort Lauderdale.Silk Cut, the British team that was dismasted on this leg, has taken on diesel fuel in Ushuaia and is motoring to Braazil with a skeleton crew.EF Education team officials said the decision to sail to Sao Sebastiao was made after they learned the men's team would use their engine.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | February 17, 1998
The Southern Ocean has taken its toll on the fleet in the Whitbread Round the World Race, dismasting two yachts and forcing Maryland entry Chessie Racing to head for a remote port in Argentina to pick up parts for its broken water ballast system and freshwater maker.EF Education, the women's team from Sweden that had been sailing since Feb. 7 with a jury-rigged mast, was dismasted yesterday afternoon in 35-knot winds and big seas.Reports from EF Education and race headquarters indicate no one was seriously injured when the mast broke in two places between the first and second spreaders.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | November 12, 1997
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The hard sailing in the Southern Ocean will test all the sailors in the Whitbread Round the World Race, but none more so than the all-woman crew aboard the Swedish boat EF Education.With less upper-body strength than the men, they will have to cope with the same sort of heavy-weight sail changes in gale force winds and mountainous seas. They will have to wake up extra hands more often to help get the sails up and down. They will have to anticipate turns earlier than the male crews to keep control of a 64-foot boat built for sheer speed.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 6, 1998
SAO SEBASTIAO, Brazil -- At dawn on her 17th day in the Southern Ocean heading for Cape Horn, Anna Drougge, cold and wet, was sitting on the windward rail of Whitbread racing yacht EF Education, looking over the gray waves and thinking of breakfast at the end of her watch in an hour.Below decks, Marleen Cleyndert, lying in her bunk in her thermal underwear, was trying to stay warm and sleep as the 60-foot boat headed into the wind, banging into wave after shuddering wave.The boat was doing a comfortable 11 knots.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 4, 1998
SAO SEBASTIAO, Brazil - EF Education, with its all-woman crew and new mast, is facing a dilemma as it heads toward the finish line in Leg 5 of the Whitbread Round the World Race: whether to retire from the leg and switch on its engine.With 1,500 miles still between it and this stopover in the Tropics, it is becoming increasingly doubtful whether it will be here in time for the race's restart on March 14.Technically, EF Education can start late, but it has little to lose in calling it quits in this leg and trying to rejoin the rest of the fleet, because it is already at the bottom of the overall points standings.
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By PETER BAKER and PETER BAKER,SUN STAFF | February 18, 1998
Late last week, Kiny Parade, crew member aboard Sweden's EF Education, the women's entry in the Whitbread Round the World Race, wrote to race headquarters, "Sailing . . . with a damaged rig must be what it's like to push a wheelbarrow across the Sahara."And since that message, EF Education's situation on the 6,670-nautical-mile Leg 5, from Auckland, New Zealand, to Sao Sebastiao, Brazil, has only gotten worse. On Monday, a week after EF Education's standing rigging failed and temporary repairs were made, the mast broke in two places.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1998
LA ROCHELLE, France -- The boats in the Whitbread Round the World Race have watched most of the globe pass under their hulls, but the final hours into this ancient port were among the most significant.As the nine boats completed their trek from Annapolis to La Rochelle, they did so by marking several milestones. The finish offered a first-ever top trophy for hard-luck team Toshiba, a surprise third for Chessie Racing, a best-ever fourth by the all-women's boat, EF Education, and what was expected to be a big enough boost to EF Language to seal its overall victory in the nine-leg Whitbread.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 10, 1998
After almost nine months of competition, the Whitbread Round the World Race is coming to an end, and over the past few days the e-mails from the nine boats racing across the Atlantic Ocean to France on the penultimate leg show relief, disappointment and absolute foolishness."
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May 6, 1998
Standings after Leg 7Boat (Country) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Pts.EF Language (Sweden). .. .. .. .. .. ..689Swedish Match (Sweden) .. .. .. .. .. .585Merit Cup (Monaco).. .. .. . .. .. .. .527Innovation Kvaerner (Norway).. .. .. ..519Chessie Racing (U.S.).. .. .. .. .. ...494Silk Cut (Britain).. .. .. .. .. .. ...459Toshiba (U.S.) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...363BrunelSunergy (Netherlands) .. .. .. ..353EF Education (Sweden).. .. .. .. .. ...178America's Challenge (U.S.)** .. .. .. ..48**Withdrew from raceWeatherWeakening low pressure over the northeastern United States will combine with a strong high pressure over eastern Newfoundland to produce southeasterly winds of 20-25 knots between the systems during the day. The winds are expected to begin easing tonight as the fleet gets closer to the high pressure area.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 12, 1998
SAO SEBASTIAO, Brazil -- After 39 trying days at sea -- and what surely seemed an eternity to the only female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race -- the women aboard EF Education arrived in this tropical port to a welcome fit more for a winner than for a last-place finisher.A native celebration, with blue-sequined dancers gyrating to the rhythm of the drums and with local school children screaming in excitement, erupted as the blue and orange 60-foot racing sailboat came into view.
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February 14, 1998
Status: Day 12, Leg 5Standings:Boat ................ Nautical miles to finish1. EF Language ....... 2,706.22. Swedish Match ..... 2,775.63. Toshiba ........... 2,820.24. Merit Cup ......... 2,849.35. Innovation Kvaerner 2,852.26. BrunelSunergy ..... 2,931.97. Chessie Racing .... 2,951.98. Silk Cut .......... 3,349.39. EF Education ...... 3,973.5(as of 00: 3: 24 GMT)Boat beat: While EF Language surfs the lead, EF Education trudges along with a damaged rig and a threatening storm closing in. The all-woman EF Education team compared sailing the EF Education with a damaged rig to pushing a wheelbarrow across the Sahara.
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