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Justitia, replacing skipper
1993/94: Yamaha,
1989/90: Peter Blake
skippered by Ross Field
and his crew celebrate
roger nilson who had to retire
crossing the finish line.
victory. with a damaged knee. smith
went on to win that second
leg and ended the whole race
as second overall in the W60
class.
the Whitbread 60 class was
won by Yamaha, skippered by
Kiwi, ross Field, but only after
a terrific tussle with Tokio,
Intrum Justitia and Galicia 93.
the 60s provided exhilarating
and dramatic racing, with no
this race, which saw the first entry from the soviet Union, less than four different yachts
Fazisi, also suffered a fatality on the second leg. In the big winning a leg and the world
southern ocean seas the 80’ British entry, Creighton’s Naturally, 24-hour monohull distance
skippered by John Chittenden, broached and two members record being smashed by
of the crew, Anthony phillips and Bart Van den Dwey were Intrum Justitia with 428.7
swept overboard. Both were wearing life jackets and equipped nautical miles to win the
with flares and personal radio beacons and both were found coveted omega trophy on leg
and brought back on board. Van den Dwey was successfully four (Auckland-punta del este).
resuscitated, but phillips never regained consciousness. It is Also among the W60 class was
believed that he hit his head as he went overboard and was the second all-female boat to
unconscious when he hit the water. he was buried at sea. compete in a Whitbread – Heineken, skippered by Dawn riley.
Despite the dramas, nothing could detract from Blake’s New Zealand Endeavour, skippered by Grant Dalton (nZ), a
personal triumph in his fifth successive Whitbread and veteran of the three previous races, won the Maxi class. this 84’
southampton Water was awash with spectator boats as the Kiwi yacht also proved to be the fastest around the world, finishing
boat, known as the “Big red”, crossed the finish line after 128 in 120 days, five hours – only nine hours ahead of the smaller
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days. Whitbread 60, Yamaha. In second position in the maxi class was AN
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pierre Fehlmann’s Merit Cup, completing the circumnavigation in
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the battle between the Maxis and the new Whitbread 60s; for
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the professionalism shown by the crews, and for the high tech SKAR
introduced. Maxi yachts were still permitted and raced as a class,
equipment on board which so altered the face of ocean racing.
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with the new W60 yachts also racing as a separate division. the
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course remained the same as the previous race and was keenly
race and with certain sail restrictions being lifted, there was every UNDBER
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expectation that 1997-98 would see even more records broken
the overall winners in each division. Five Maxis and ten of the
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as the crews drove their boats to ever higher achievements.
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the Volvo trophy 1997-98
week after the gun). two days into the race, however, the maxi
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Fortuna skippered by Britain’s Lawrie smith had to withdraw after the seventh and final race under the Whitbread banner changed
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suffering a broken mizzenmast. the public face of ocean racing forever. the sheer excellence
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For smith and his crew it was a crushing blow but, by the of the on board video footage and the quality and quantity of
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beginning of the second leg, smith was on board the W60 Intrum the daily emails from the crews ensured a huge media interest
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