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By Bruce Stannard and Bruce Stannard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 22, 1997
SYDNEY, Australia -- Swedish Match was clinging to the lead as the 2,250-mile Leg 3 of the Whitbread Round the World Race nears an end in the closest leg of racing in Whitbread history. With less than 160 nautical miles to go, the Swedes were leading the nine-boat fleet up the southeastern coast of New South Wales toward a finish here today.In a passage in which the leading boats swapped places often, the Swedes had a 2.3-mile lead over EF Language in the leg that began in Fremantle, Australia.
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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 | November 24, 1997
FREMANTLE, Australia -- After two weeks of breakneck sailing in the towering seas and gale-force winds of the Southern Ocean, the royal blue-hulled Swedish Match was slowed to a snail's pace in fickle, frustrating conditions before the boat finished in Fremantle last night, a decisive winner of the 4,600-nautical-mile Leg 2 of the Whitbread Round the World Race.Skipper Gunnar Krantz ordered a spinnaker hoisted as Swedish Match approached the line, ghosting silently over a black and glassy sea. The yacht took the gun at 11: 15 p.m., and immediately the crew erupted in wild whoops and shouts, punching the air with triumphant clenched-fist salutes.
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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 Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1997
On Leg 1 of the Whitbread Round the World Race, Swedish Match finished in eighth place. Five days into the 4,600-mile Leg 2 from Cape Town to Fremantle, Australia, skipper Gunnar Krantz and his veteran Whitbread crew are in first place and pulling away.At midnight (GMT), Swedish Match had a 200-mile lead over second-place Innovation Kvaerner and a 360-mile lead over EF Education, the women's team, at the back of the nine-boat fleet.Chessie Racing, the Maryland entry, was in sixth place, 324 miles behind the leader.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1997
Early yesterday afternoon, a band played, sirens on police boats blared and the water cannon aboard a fireboat shot plumes of water over the Inner Harbor as the racing yacht Swedish Match moored alongside the Amphitheater and Maryland's year-long affair with the Whitbread Round the World Race officially began.Over the next 30 minutes, during christening ceremonies for Swedish Match, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, ambassadors, corporate executives, race officials and crew congratulated one another for initiating another romance between the city and sailing.
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February 22, 1998
Status: Day 22, Leg 5Standings:Boat .. .. .. .. .. ..Nautical miles to finish1. EF Language .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..576.42. BrunelSunergy .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .1,077.63. Swedish Match .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .1,130.34. Chessie Racing .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1,130.55. Merit Cup .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... .1,134.56. Toshiba .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .1,146.57. Innovation Kvaerner .. .. .. .. .. .1,158.68. Silk Cut .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...1,913.89. EF Education .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2,540.3(as of 00: 11: 30 GMT)
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April 22, 1998
Standings after Leg 6Boat (Country) ............ Pts.EF Language (Sweden) ......... 608Swedish Match (Sweden) ........ 493Merit Cup (Monaco) ............ 477Chessie Racing (U.S.) ......... 454Innovation Kvaerner (Norway) .. 449Silk Cut (Britain) ............ 399Toshiba (U.S.) ................ 343BrunelSunergy (Netherlands) ... 248EF Education (Sweden) ......... 148America's Challenge (U.S.)** ... 48**Withdrew from racePub Date: 4/22/98
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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 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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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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