Sporting Digest: Sailing

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The Independent Online
Paul Cayard is revelling in the strong winds and high speeds that have pushed his EF Language into a 100-mile lead over Grant Dalton's Merit Cup, with Knut Frostad's Innovation Kvaerner another 10 miles behind in the Whitbread Race.

WHITBREAD ROUND THE WORLD RACE Latest positions: 1 EF Language 1,491 miles to finish of first leg; 2 Merit Cup +115.3 miles; 3 Innovation Kvaerner +132.3; 4 Silk Cut +343.5; 5 Chessie Racing +488.5; 6 America's Challenge +650.6; 7 Toshiba +667.8; 8 Swedish Match +797.4; 9 EF Education +952.9; 10 BrunelSunergy +1,048.

Pete Goss, partnered by Raphael Dinelli, was just about hanging on in his 50-foot BMW Performance to the five 60-footers ahead of him after the first 1,000 miles of the 4,500-mile doublehanded Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre, France to Cartagena, Colombia.