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Thursday, December 10, 1998 Published at 13:00 GMT


Special Report





Race guide to the ocean challenge

Keep track of one of the toughest sporting challenges with the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race special report.





Leg One: Dramatic end in the race to Cape Town

America's Challenge withdrew and Toshiba's skipper resigned after an action-packed first leg of the Round the World yacht race.





Leg Two: Consistency takes Innovation into the lead

Innovation Kvaerner holds the overall lead after another good finish in the second leg.



Leg Three: EF Language wins race to Sydney
EF Language won the third stage of the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race by five minutes to take the overall lead.
Leg Four: Merit Cup first in Auckland
The Merit Cup skipper, Grant Dalton, has won the 1,270-mile fourth leg of the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.
Leg Five: Carnival time for EF Language
The crew of Swedish yacht EF Language are building a big lead in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race with another win in Brazil - their third victory of the five legs sailed so far.
Leg Six: Silk Cut sails in first
The crew of the British yacht, Silk Cut, celebrate with burgers, beer and a little champagne after winning the sixth leg of the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.
Leg Seven: Dutch courage prevails
The Dutch yacht BrunelSunergy has won the seventh leg of the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. She finished three miles ahead of Swedish Match after taking a completely different course to the rest of the fleet.
Leg Eight: Toshiba snatches victory
Toshiba has claimed her first leg victory in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. She finished in La Rochelle just 10 minutes ahead of Silk Cut.
Leg Nine: Whitbread victory for EF Language
After eight months and 31,600 miles the Whitbread Round the World Race has been won by EF Language after the finish of the final leg at Southampton.




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