1993–94 Whitbread Round the World Race

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Whitbread Round the World Race
Edition 6th
Competitors 15
Yachts Whitbread 60
1st, gold medalist(s) Gold NZ Endeavour
2nd, silver medalist(s) Silver Yamaha
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Merit Cup

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 or 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 Maisto, GuidoGuido Maisto
Fortuna  Spain Maxi United Kingdom Smith, LawrieLawrie Smith
Heineken  United States Whitbread 60 United States Riley, DawnDawn Riley
Hetman Sahaidachny  Ukraine Whitbread 60 Russia Platon, EugeneEugene Platon
Galicia '93 Pescanova  Spain Whitbread 60 Spain de la Gandara, JavierJavier de la Gandara
Intrum Justitia  Europe Whitbread 60 Sweden Nilson, RogerRoger Nilson
United Kingdom Smith, LawrieLawrie Smith
La Poste  France Maxi France Tabarly, ÉricÉric Tabarly
Merit Cup  United Kingdom Maxi Switzerland Fehlmann, PierrePierre Fehlmann
NZ Endeavour  New Zealand Maxi New Zealand Dalton, GrantGrant Dalton
Reebok/Dolphin Youth  United Kingdom Whitbread 60 United Kingdom Humphries, MatthewMatthew Humphries
Tokio  Japan Whitbread 60 New Zealand Dickson, ChrisChris Dickson
Odessa  Ukraine Whitbread 60 Ukraine Verba, AnatolyAnatoly Verba
Uruguay Natural  Uruguay Maxi Uruguay Vanzini, GustavoGustavo Vanzini
Winston  United States Whitbread 60 United States Conner, DennisDennis Conner
New Zealand Butterworth, BradBrad Butterworth
Yamaha  Japan Whitbread 60 New Zealand Field, RossRoss 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
Urugua National 145d 00h 17m 44s
Fortuna RET

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.