1993–1994 Whitbread Round the World Race

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Whitbread Round the World Race
YachtsWhitbread 60
WinnerNZ Endeavour

The 1993–94 Whitbread Round the World Race was the sixth edition of the around-the-world sailing event. It was run to "mixed class" rules (as with prior races). New for the 93-94 race was a purpose built Whitbread boat—the W60. As with previous years a handicap was applied to different boats based on their race rating.

The competitors were none too keen on running both Maxis and Whitbread 60's together. The two competing classes battled throughout with protest flags always at the ready. Many entrants wanted the old maxis banned for this year, however owing to concerns over whether enough new boats would be ready (not to mention the large investments the Maxi owners had made in previous years), several Maxis were allowed to compete in the 1993 to 1994 race. The W60 skippers almost unanimously insisted they were in a 'completely different boat race', to the fury of Grant Dalton skippering a maxi.

Dalton conceded afterwards however that the race should only have one class in future, to avoid similar squabbles.


Boat Nation Class Skipper
Brooksfield  Italy Whitbread 60 Italy Guido Maisto
Fortuna  Spain Maxi United Kingdom Lawrie Smith
Heineken  United States Whitbread 60 United States Dawn Riley
Hetman Sahaidachny  Ukraine Whitbread 60 Ukraine Eugene Platon
Galicia '93 Pescanova  Spain Whitbread 60 Spain Javier de la Gandara
Intrum Justitia  Europe Whitbread 60 Sweden Roger Nilson
United Kingdom Lawrie Smith
La Poste  France Maxi France Éric Tabarly
Merit Cup  United Kingdom Maxi Switzerland Pierre Fehlmann
NZ Endeavour  New Zealand Maxi New Zealand Grant Dalton
Reebok/Dolphin Youth  United Kingdom Whitbread 60 United Kingdom Matthew Humphries
Tokio  Japan Whitbread 60 New Zealand Chris Dickson
Odessa  Ukraine Whitbread 60 Ukraine Anatoly Verba
Uruguay Natural  Uruguay Maxi Uruguay Gustavo Vanzini
Winston  United States Whitbread 60 United States Dennis Conner
New Zealand Brad Butterworth
Yamaha  Japan Whitbread 60 New Zealand Ross Field
  • Intrum Justitia was originally skippered by Roger Nilson, who was injured on the first leg.[1]


Event Start date Start Finish Distance (nmi) Winner
Leg 1 25 September 1993 United Kingdom Southampton Uruguay Punta del Este 5,938 NZ Endeavour
Leg 2 13 November 1993 Uruguay Punta del Este Australia Fremantle 7,558 Intrum Justitia
Leg 3 8 January 1994 Australia Fremantle New Zealand Auckland 3,272 NZ Endeavour
Leg 4 19 February 1994 New Zealand Auckland Uruguay Punta del Este 5,914 NZ Endeavour
Leg 5 2 April 1994 Uruguay Punta del Este United States Fort Lauderdale 5,475 Yamaha
Leg 6 21 May 1994 United States Fort Lauderdale United Kingdom Southampton 3,818 Tokio


Maxi yachts[edit]

Yacht Elapsed Time
NZ Endeavour 120d 05h 09m 23s
Merit Cup 121d 02h 50m 47s
La Poste 123d 22h 54m 58s
Uruguay Natural 145d 00h 17m 44s
Fortuna RET

Fortuna broke its mast twice in the first 24 hours of the race, and ended up retiring.[2][3]

Whitbread 60[edit]

Yacht Elapsed Time
Yamaha 120d 14h 55m 00s
Intrum Justitia 121d 05h 23m 26s
Galicia '93 Pescanova 122d 05h 26m 26s
Winston 122d 09h 32m 09s
Tokio 128d 22h 54m 58s
Brooksfield 130d 04h 29m 27s
Hetman Sahaidachny 135d 23h 17m 52s
Reebok/Dolphin Youth 137d 21h 03m 17s
Heineken 138d 16h 30m 51s
Odessa 158d 04h 34m 40s

Legend: RET – Retired; [1]


  1. ^ a b "RACE SIX 1993–94" (PDF). Volvo Ocean Race. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ www.sailweb.co.uk. "Volvo Ocean Race - Neal McDonald joins MAPFRE". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/sailing-smith-is-ordered-out-of-whitbread-1508043.html