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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 105

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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 3C let Hf hh OUR low regular! nfck I?.VV 18 HOLE I GREEN FEE PRICE ! iHORE FARTY lUPTOdPumsi Lflff f sukrstore LJj"' rtnt Wftt Wy Golf Rates 5O.C0 & Whitbread rest stop sparks an epic international hoedown 18 HOLE PRICE INCLUDES Cypress Creek Cort, Green Fees & Tox, 6390 W. Indiantown Rd. Jupiter, FL 747-7001 Country Club sV April 18, sponsors will create a tower After IZ:Wpffl replica of the Norwegian village of Whitbread Race Village The Race Village will be open 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday through April 19. From West Palm Beach, take 1-95 or Florida's Turnpike to 1-595 and continue east along Eller Drive to the Midport parking LOSE 47 BALLS. By David Abel and Willie Howard Palm Beach Post Staff Writers FORT LAUDERDALE He still squints after more than two weeks of threading the sun-strewn seas. His California accent bears the fatigue of the constant furling and reefing of the sails. Once in port, he grips his first can of cold beer like a life preserver. But Paul Cayard, the skipper of the EF Language boat still leading garage near the port. Parking is $1 per hour with a $7 daily maximum. The Whitbread Round the World Race 1 England rFraoca i S.E. 17th St. , l 'iParhing JpM! Port 1 54th St. 8; Everglades Ft jlauderdale!L Parking . . Eller Dr. U-IJLIU EEE1 J United Stalw I'.ffiwm y So vol i misplaced '-'C'' a lew goll balls... " Don't drive home in a htitr "Sleep It Off -x in one of oiu beautiliil deluxe rooms. There's ahvavs tomorrow. Bergen. They 11 serve salmon and give visitors a taste of Norwegian maritime music. Although cheering crowds might make trans-oceanic racing seem glamorous, electronic messages sent from the crews prove otherwise. Life at sea can be lonely and uncomfortable, especially given the Spartan conditions aboard an ocean racing boat. Crew members may carry only a few changes of clothes and must eat freeze-dried rations. Sitting on the boat's gunwales in salt-soaked clothing left Toshiba crew member Jeff Scott sore. "My backside is starting to look like a pepperoni pizza," Scott wrote in an e-mail message, transmitted by satellite to Whitbread race headquarters. A Swedish Match crew member complained of a flying fish, spooked by the approaching boat, crashing into his head. A dispatch from the Brunei Sunergy boat last week said the crew members were all sick with stomach infections and covered with rashes from salt water. Wrote one crew member: "If I ever want to do a Whitbread again, I had better not remember the way I feel today." SLEEP IT OFF. 1 3 ROB BARGEStaff Artist the Whitbread Round the World race, cannot let down his guard. "If there's something to be gained, I can't relax," said the San Francisco skipper of the Swedish boat after arriving at Port Everglades early Sunday morning. He just finished the sixth leg of the race from Sao Sebastiao, Brazil 1 hour and 18 minutes behind the British Silk Cut. "I have a bad taste in my mouth about finishing second." Strong northeasterly winds pushed the sleek sail boats to Florida faster than expected. In fact, Fort Lauderdale organizers, who didn't think the boats would arrive until later this week, hadn't completed their preparations. But the scores waving Swedish and British flags didn't let down the crews of the first three boats to arrive. "This is a grueling race, and we have to show support," said Exclusively fm April 4 15, 199S. Includes I H holes of championship golj and deluxe mom. Grenelefe4 (.(II I Wtt H Wis llslill S 800-237-9549 (irent'Icfc (Orlando), Florida 4 1 in mi tri rr -m Vl.in.l" InR-rn.iin n.tf Airprf V' pvr pvr-n 1" i J ti J- Ht i . . ht ,k-UiK rmmi .Ki-.'nim.'d.iM"!!- N'ttu M.MfKti-'n- i .til t. r d'-l- Whitbread Round the World Race THE BOATS: This is the first Whitbread race in which all crews are sailing the same type of boats (60-foot racing sloops called W-60s), making this Whitbread a true match of sailing wits, navigational skill and endurance. Boats can use up to 38 sails, 1 7 of which may be on board at any time. COST: The average cost to built and sail a Whitbread boat: $ 10 million. The prize: a trophy and a handshake. RACE STANDINGS: EF Language won Leg 5 by a 500-mile margin and was leading the pack on Leg 6 last week. For daily updates, call the recorded race hotline at 954-767-9559 or check out the Whitbread Web site at http:www.whitbread-usa.com. The international Web site is http:www.whitbread.org. HISTORY: Founded by the Whitbread brewing family of England, the Whitbread Round the World Race has been held every four years since the first race in 1973-74. This is the seventh Whitbread. During the first Whitbread, three sailors washed overboard and were never found. FORT LAUDERDALE STOP: Boats will be at the race village at Port Everglades April 2-19, though some of the W-60s might arrive earlier and some might be hauled out for repairs during the stopover. Whether the race stops in South Florida in 2002 will be up to Volvo, which has purchased the race from Whitbread. Rick Stevens, who came out with his kids to watch the boats settle into port. "This is one of the most challenging competitions that ex ists." The race, founded by the Whit bread brewing family, is an eight 7nights. 4 countries. 1 bed. month, 31,600-nautical-mile sprint around the globe that began Sept, 21 in Southampton, England. The race is run every four years. This is the seventh Whitbread, and it will end in Southampton. During the Fort Lauderdale visit, which lasts until the boats depart for Baltimore on April 19, Port Everglades will be trans formed into a tent village with education, sports and technology pavilions, live music and interna tional foods. Organizers expect 200,000 visitors during that time. Race village visitors will be I able to meet Whitbread skippers is tl Our 7-night European cruise and crew members. But the weary Li sailors also will be taking time out to rest and visit their families, so perfect for those who want the plan to show up during the team's scheduled adopt-a-boat party if vacation of a lifetime in less time. you want to greet team members Whitbread Race Village DATES OPEN: Thursday through April 19 HOURS: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily ATTRACTIONS: Adopt-a-boat days showcasing the nine Whitbread boats and crews; tours of Schooner America, a replica of the 1851 America's Cup winner ($5 for adults, $3 for children). Educational exhibits on marine science. Fishing displays from the International Game Fish Association. Virtual boat building in technology pavilion. Speakers on nautical topics. Free sailboat rides daily. Free tours of the guided missile cruiser USS Thomas . S. Gates (April 18 only). ADMISSION: Free. GETTING THERE: From West Palm Beach, take Interstate 95 or Florida's Turnpike to Interstate 595 and drive east to the Midport parking garage near Port Everglades. Back-up parking will be at the Northport garage off Eisenhower Boulevard. PARKING: Parking is $ 1 per hour with a $7 daily maximum. Shuttle buses will run to the race village. Water taxi service will be available. RESTART: Scheduled for noon until 2 p.m. April 19. MORE INFORMATION: Call Whitbread Race Americas at (954) 767-9559 or visit their Web site at http:www.whitbread-usa.com. For recorded updates, call (954) 627-6397. RACE VILLAGE EVENTS: April fc Village officially opens. Whitbread boats should be in port. April 3: Receptions for race exhibitors, sponsors and Schooner America. AprM 4: Opening party with a variety of live music. April Sc Jamaica Day with reggae music and limbo dancers; 5-K fun run at 5:30 p.m. Adopt-a-boat party for the Merit Cup team. April k Adopt-a-boat party for the Toshiba team. Doiph Du Mont speaks on sailing the Whitbread race. April 7: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Day. Overview of the Whitbread race by Tom Gleason, 1994 race committee chairman. Race village visitors will be able to tour the Schooner America, a wooden replica of the 105- Spend your v foot boat that beat 14 British yachts to win the 100 Guinea Cup days traveling through exotic Race in 1851. (I he competition was renamed the America's Cup Mediterranean destinations like Naples, Barcelona, Marseilles and Malta. And return every evening to Royal Caribbean's newest ship. Vision of the Seas. Call today for reservations. At this price, I AorH I: AdoDt-a-boat oartv for Brunei Sunerav team. Seminar on nautical communications Prm. 4 I sentation on sailing for the disabled by Shake-a-Leo. 5:30 o.m.. soorts oavilion. to honor the victory.) For those who want to feel the wind and water, Discover Sailing will offer free sailboat rides leaving from the village. Evening speakers at the village, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the education and sports pavilions, will cover topics such as high-seas navigation, on-the-water medical emergency procedures, navigation and tales from the 1994 Whitbread race coordinator. The flavor of the village will differ each day as sponsors offer food and music from around the world. "It's going to be a very international event," said Sarah Greeley, spokeswoman for Whitbread Race Americas Inc., the non-profit organization coordinating the Fort Lauderdale visit. April 5, for instance, will be Jamaica Day, complete with reggae music, Jamaican food and limbo dancers. On Norway Day, scheduled for there's no better time than now. April f: Captains dinner at Lauderdale Yacht Club. Marine Industries Day. Seminar on heart-attack emergencies at sea, 5 30 p.m., sports pavilion. April 10: Adopt-a-boat party for the all-female EF Education team. Seminar on sailmaking with Peter Grimm Jr., 5:30 p.m., education pavilion. April II: Adopt-a-boat party for EF Language team. Seminar on navigation aids with Judy Hasen-aur, I p.m., education pavilion. April 12: Easter bunny visits, 1 p.m., education pavilion. British-American Chamber of Commerce Oay. Adopt-a-boat party tor Silk Cut team. April 13: New World Aquarium exhibits. Crew day at Lauderdale Yacht Club. Nautical radio seminar by John Rungo, 5:30 p.m., education pavilion. April M: Adopt-a-boat party for Swedish Match team. Northern Trust for Children's Home Society Day. Radio communications seminar, 5:30 p.m., education pavilion. Boating safety seminar, 5:30 p.m., sports pavilion. April IS: Seminar on new marine electronics, I p.m., education pavilion. Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Day. April M: Seminar on reading navigation charts, 1 p.m., education pavilion. Riverwalk Street Festival, 5 p.m. untii 10 p.m. Festival begins at Broward Center for Performing Arts and moves east. April 17: Adopt-a boat party for Chessie Racing team. South African Airways Day. Judith Dawson talks about solo ocean crossing, 5:30 p.m., sports pavilion. April II: Norway Day. Free public visits aboard guided missile cruiser USS Thomas Gates at berth No. 77. Hours 9 a.m. until II a m. and t p m. until 4 p.m. Adopt-a-boat party for Innovation Kvaerner team. Seminar on gourmet cooking at sea, 1 p.m., education pavilion. Concert 1:30 p.m.. Fireworks 9:30 p.m. April 19: Restart set for noon until 2 p.m. north of Port Everglades Inlet. RoyalCaribbean INTERNATIONAL Like no vacation on earth? 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