1997–98 Whitbread Round the World Race

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1997–98
Whitbread Round the World Race
Edition 7th
Competitors 10
Yachts Whitbread 60
Results
1st, gold medalist(s) Gold EF Language
2nd, silver medalist(s) Silver Merit Cup
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Swedish Match

The 1997–98 Whitbread Round the World Race was the seventh edition of the around-the-world sailing event Whitbread Round the World Race. The Whitbread Round the World Race ran for the first time with all W60 boats and to a "points vs time" (instead of aggregate leg time) scoring system to enhance the value of the shorter race legs.

Also, in an effort to attract additional media coverage, the Whitbread race committee divided the race into no less than 9 legs for the 1997 to 1998 race, therefore increasing the number of ports visited.

Volvo had its first major association with the race in 1997 to 1998 by sponsoring the trophy (thus the race was officially known as the Whitbread 'round the world race for the Volvo Trophy) and some of the media coverage. For the first time running to W60-only specification, this year's Whitbread attracted just 10 entries—the fewest to date.

Participants[edit]

Boat Nation Designer Skipper
America's Challenge  United States Alan Andrews United States Field, RossRoss Field
Brunel Sunergy  Netherlands Judel/Vrolijk Netherlands Heiner, RoyRoy Heiner
Chessie Racing  United States Farr Yacht Design United States Collins, GeorgeGeorge Collins
EF Education  Sweden Farr Yacht Design France Guillou, ChristineChristine Guillou
EF Language  Sweden Farr Yacht Design United States Cayard, PaulPaul Cayard
Innovation Kvaerner  Norway Farr Yacht Design Norway Frostad, KnutKnut Frostad
Merit Cup  Monaco Farr Yacht Design New Zealand Dalton, GrantGrant Dalton
Silk Cut  United Kingdom Farr Yacht Design United Kingdom Smith, LawrieLawrie Smith
Swedish Match  Sweden Farr Yacht Design Sweden Krantz, GunnarGunnar Krantz
Toshiba  United States Farr Yacht Design United States Conner, DennisDennis Conner
United Kingdom Standbridge, PaulPaul Standbridge
  • Toshiba was originally skippered by Chris Dickson. Dickson was fired after Leg 1.[1] Hans Bouscholte was also replaced by Roy Heiner after leg 1. America's Challenge syndicate withdrew prior to the start of leg two for financial reasons.[2]

Route[edit]

Event Start date Start Finish Distance (nmi)
Leg 1 21 September 1997 United Kingdom Southampton South Africa Cape Town 7,340
Leg 2 11 November 1997 South Africa Cape Town Australia Fremantle 4,600
Leg 3 13 December 1997 Australia Fremantle Australia Sydney 2,250
Leg 4 4 January 1998 Australia Sydney New Zealand Auckland 1,270
Leg 5 1 February 1998 New Zealand Auckland Brazil São Sebastião 6,670
Leg 6 14 March 1998 Brazil São Sebastião United States Fort Lauderdale 4,750
Leg 7 19 April 1998 United States Fort Lauderdale United States Baltimore 870
Leg 8 3 May 1998 United States Baltimore France La Rochelle 3,390
Leg 9 22 May 1998 France La Rochelle United Kingdom Southampton 450

Results[edit]

Leg 1
United Kingdom
South Africa
Leg 2
South Africa
Australia
Leg 3
Australia
Australia
Leg 4
Australia
New Zealand
Leg 5
New Zealand
Brazil
Leg 6
Brazil
United States
Leg 7
United States
United States
Leg 8
United States
France
Leg 9
France
United Kingdom
Total
EF Language 125 72 105 70 135 101 81 55 92 836
Merit Cup 110 48 70 105 78 66 50 66 105 698
Swedish Match 36 125 92 60 91 89 92 44 60 689
Innovation Kvaerner 97 110 60 40 65 77 70 33 81 633
Silk Cut 84 84 40 50 26
DNF
115 60 101 70 630
Chessie Racing 72 60 81 81 105 55 40 89 30 613
Toshiba 60 97 50 92 0
DSQ
44 20
PEN
115 50 528
Brunel Sunergy 12 24 30 30 119 33 105 22 40 415
EF Education 24 36 20 20 26
DNF
22 30 77 20 275
America's Challenge 0
DNS
0
DNS
0
DNS
0
DNS
0
DNS
0
DNS
0
DNS
0
DNS
0
DNS
48

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