1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race

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1989–90
Whitbread Round the World Race
Edition 5th
Competitors 23
Yachts Multi-class
Results
1st, gold medalist(s) Gold Steinlager 2
2nd, silver medalist(s) Silver Fisher & Paykel NZ
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Merit

The 1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race was run from Southampton to Southampton in 1989–90. It was run with several classes (for size of boat). This race featured the first all-woman crew on Tracy Edwards' Maiden. Although in a much smaller boat than many of their male counterparts the women fared well—claiming two leg victories in class.

Steinlager 2 skippered by Peter Blake won the race easily. For the first time since 1981–82 (when the race comprised just four legs), the victor won every leg (albeit closely chased by both Grant Dalton's Fisher & Paykel NZ and Pierre Fehlmann's Merit entries). The vast difference in speed and capability of the many different boats involved in the 1989 to 1990 race lead to the creation of a committee to examine the commission of a Whitbread class boat for use in future races. Many of the Maxi yachts in this year's race were nearly twice the size (LOA) of the smallest, and carried well over twice the sail area. The net result of this was that many of the smaller boats finished the longer legs more than ten days after the leg winner. In the overall results, the last finisher was some 52 days behind Blake's Steinlager 2 128-day aggregate time. In addition, the expense of the big yachts was getting to be too much - even for the well funded teams like Steinlager, Rothmans and Merit. Eventually, the new class would be called the W60 - but its gestation would not be quick or lack controversy.

Route[edit]

Event Start date Start Finish Distance (nmi) Winner
Leg 1 2 September 1989 United Kingdom Southampton Uruguay Punta del Este 5,938 Steinlager 2
Leg 2 28 October 1989 Uruguay Punta del Este Australia Fremantle 7,260 Steinlager 2
Leg 3 23 December 1989 Australia Fremantle New Zealand Auckland 3,272 Steinlager 2
Leg 4 4 February 1990 New Zealand Auckland Uruguay Punta del Este 6,255 Steinlager 2
Leg 5 17 March 1990 Uruguay Punta del Este United States Fort Lauderdale 5,475 Steinlager 2
Leg 6 5 May 1990 United States Fort Lauderdale United Kingdom Southampton 3,818 Steinlager 2

Results[edit]

[1]

Pos Boat Skipper Country Corrected time
1 Steinlager 2 Blake, Peter Peter Blake  New Zealand 128d 9h
2 Fisher & Paykel NZ Dalton, Grant Grant Dalton  New Zealand 129d 21h
3 Merit Fehlmann, Pierre Pierre Fehlmann   Switzerland 130d 10h
4 Rothmans Smith, Lawrie Lawrie Smith  Great Britain 131d 4h
5 The Card Nilson, Roger Roger Nilson & Ann Lippens  Sweden 135d 7h
6 Charles Jourdan Gabbay, Alain Alain Gabbay  France 136d 15h
7 Fortuna Extra Lights Gaudera, Javier de la Javier de la Gaudera, Jan Santana & José Luis Doreste  Spain 137d 8h
8 Gatorade Falck, Giorgio Giorgio Falck & Hervé Jan Preire Sicouin  Italy 138d 14h
9 Union Bank of Finland Ingvall, Ludde Ludde Ingvall  Finland 138d 16h
10 Belmont Finland II Harkimo, Harry Harry Harkimo  Finland 139d 4h
11 Fazisi (ru) Grischenko, Alexi Alexi Grischenko, Skip Novak & Valeri Alekseyev  Soviet Union 139d
12 NCB Ireland English, Joe Joe English  Ireland 139d 19h
13 British Satquote Defender Esson, Frank Frank Esson & Colin Watkins  Great Britain 143d 12h
14 Equity & Law II Nauta, Dirk Dirk Nauta  Netherlands 148d 23h
15 Liverpool Enterprise Salmon, Bob Bob Salmon  Great Britain 151d 4h
16 Creighton's Naturally Chittendon, John John Chittendon  Great Britain 162d 6h
17 Esprit de Liberté Tabarly, Patrick Patrick Tabarly  France 164d 21h
18 Maiden Edwards, Tracy Tracy Edwards  Great Britain 167d 3h
19 Schlussel von Bremen Renken, Rolf Rolf Renken, Ham Müeller-Röhlok, Jochen Orgelmann, Wilhelm-Otto Beck & Peter Weidner  Germany 167d 19h
20 With Integrity Coghill, Andy Andy Coghill  Great Britain 170d 16h
21 La Poste Mallé, Daniel Daniel Mallé  France 181d 22h
Rucanor Sport Dubois, Bruno Bruno Dubois  Belgium DNF
Martela OF Wilkeri, Markku Markku Wilkeri  Finland DNF

Legend: DNF – Did not finish;

The boat Creighton's Naturally suffered a serious broach on leg 2, at about 3 in the morning. Crew members Anthony (Tony) Philips and Bart van den Dwey were swept over board. They were both pulled back on deck. Van den Dwey successfully resuscitated, but, after three hours of trying, crewmembers were unable to revive Philips. A few days later, by radio agreement with relatives ashore, Philips was buried at sea.[2]

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