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November 5, 1997
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - For Saturday's start of Leg 2 of the Whitbread Round the World Race, William Hill, the English bookmaker, has given odds on the nine boats left in the 31,600-mile race. They are:9-4 - EF Language (Sweden), Merit Cup (Monaco), Innovation Kvaerner (Norway), which finished the 7,350-mile Leg 1 first, second and third.9-2 - Silk Cut (Britain), which finished fourth.9-1 - Toshiba (USA), which finished sixth.14-1 - Chessie Racing (USA), which finished fifth.25-1 - Swedish Match (Sweden)
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1998
SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Looking weary and just a little shellshocked, the competitors in the Whitbread Round the World Race finally sailed across the green waters here -- returning 246 days later to the spot where they began one of sailing's great adventures.With a blast from a cannon and a crescendo of horns, Merit Cup of Monaco was first over the line, narrowly beating out Sweden's EF Language in the short leg from La Rochelle, France. But the day was owned by EF Language, which had already put a lock on first and which, with a burst of orange and yellow balloons from shore, finally made that victory official.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | March 30, 1998
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Splashing past a handful of spectators and an occasional pelican, Britain's Silk Cut finished Leg 6 of the Whitbread Round the World Race first yesterday, ending a streak of trouble that has hampered the team since the race began last fall.After traveling three-quarters of the way around the globe, this was the first time a competitor in this international race has reached U.S. waters. Sweden's EF Language, the overall race leader, finished second little more than an hour after Silk Cut, followed by the Swedish team Swedish Match.
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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 Bruce Stannard and Bruce Stannard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 5, 1998
SYDNEY, Australia -- American skipper Paul Cayard romped away at the start of Leg 4 of the Whitbread Round the World Race yesterday and showed why he is regarded as the 4-7 favorite to win the overall race.Cayard and his well-drilled crew aboard Sweden's EF Language won a beautifully judged reaching start, hit the line bang on the gun and, with superior boat speed and great skill in sail-handling, quickly moved into the lead.After 20 hours of racing on this 1,270-nautical-mile leg from Sydney to Auckland, New Zealand, EF Language had built a comfortable 3.2-nautical-mile lead over Britain's Silk Cut, which was in second position at today's first race report at midnight (GMT)
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1998
EF Language, the overall leader in the Whitbread Round the World Race, has led a furious charge past the Equator and into the northeast trade winds during the past several days, picking off competitors one by one.On Monday, the Swedish boat sailed past Britain's Silk Cut to take the lead on Leg 6, from Sao Sebastiao, Brazil, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Boat speeds have been so high that the fleet is expected in Floriseveral days early.EF Language skipper Paul Cayard said yesterday that the Swedish entry's speed is because of its wide beam, the stiffness of its hull and frequent sail changes in the 20- to 27-knot easterly winds of the past 36 hours.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | October 22, 1997
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A tactical gamble by navigator Mark Rudiger brought the Swedish yacht EF Language across the line here at the head of the fleet yesterday in the first leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race.The 12-member international crew, led by American skipper Paul Cayard, sailed their 64-foot-long boat, designed by Bruce Farr & Associates of Annapolis, to victory 30 days, 16 hours, 54 minutes and 26 seconds after leaving Southampton, England, on Sept. 21.They finished more than 100 nautical miles ahead of the second boat Merit Cup, from Monaco, which arrived late last night.
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By Bruce Stannard and Bruce Stannard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 14, 1997
FREMANTLE, Australia -- Sailing boldly with information his competitors lacked, American Paul Cayard helped the Swedish boat EF Language steal a march on the Whitbread Round the World Race fleet yesterday in the start of Leg 3 from Fremantle to Sydney, Australia.In blustery conditions, Cayard out-sailed his eight international rivals in a series of hectic pre-start maneuvers to grab the favored windward end of the starting line. When the gun sounded aboard the Australian guided missile frigate HMAS Anzac, Cayard had EF Language perfectly positioned for the first short leg, a 4.5-mile spinnaker run toward the surfing beaches south of Perth, where tens of thousands of spectators stood in brilliant sunshine to wave and cheer them.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1998
SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Looking weary and just a little shellshocked, the competitors in the Whitbread Round the World Race finally sailed across the green waters here -- returning 246 days later to the spot where they began one of sailing's great adventures.With a blast from a cannon and a crescendo of horns, Merit Cup of Monaco was first over the line, narrowly beating out Sweden's EF Language in the short leg from La Rochelle, France. But the day was owned by EF Language, which had already put a lock on first and which, with a burst of orange and yellow balloons from shore, finally made that victory official.
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By BRUCE STANNARD and BRUCE STANNARD,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 14, 1998
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The Whitbread Round the World Race international jury dismissed a protest yesterday from Toshiba skipper Dennis Conner that could have had disastrous consequences for race favorite Paul Cayard, skipper of Sweden's EF Language.Conner had alleged that Cayard failed to display his navigation lights at dusk last Thursday as eventual leg winner Merit Cup, Toshiba, Chessie Racing and EF Language raced down the coast of New Zealand toward Auckland in a close tactical situation on Leg 4 from Sydney.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1998
LA ROCHELLE, France -- Like a floating drag race, the last leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race started yesterday with the wave of a flag, the interference of an unruly crowd and the hint of a fight.The nine boats started the shortest -- but most decisive -- leg of this 31,600-nautical-mile race in a tightly packed fleet that changed leads by the minute. After racing around the world for the past nine months, it all comes down to this sudden-death finish in European waters."It's going to be a crapshoot," said Jerry Kirby, bowman on Chessie Racing, which was in fourth place early this morning as it headed toward the English Channel.
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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 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 Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | May 16, 1998
LA ROCHELLE, France -- It will be fitting for this journey -- a trek across the pond that has proven to be anything but predictable.When the next-to-last leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race ends here today, surprise victors and teams long considered star-crossed are likely to be at the front of the pack.The nearly two-week trip from Annapolis to La Rochelle has been one of the wildest yet in this nine-leg, marathon sailing adventure around the globe.Battling for first are Toshiba and Silk Cut -- two hard-luck teams led by dueling British skippers.
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By PETER BAKER and PETER BAKER,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1998
EF Language crossed the finish line for Leg 5 of the Whitbread Round the World Race Monday night, but the leg was won more than a week ago when the Swedish entry blasted around Cape Horn and built a 500-nautical-mile lead on the rest of the fleet."
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October 15, 1997
EF Language, with American skipper Paul Cayard, has started to pull away from the fleet in the Whitbread Round the World Race for the Volvo Trophy as the yachts turn from a remote island in the western South Atlantic toward Cape Town, South Africa, still more than 2,000 miles away.Innovation Kvaerner (Norway), which had led since the fleet was off the Bay of Biscay in the Northern Hemisphere, has fallen to third place, close behind Merit Cup (Monaco). Silk Cut (Britain) is fourth, about 216 miles behind the leader, and Chessie Racing (Maryland)
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