Official Film: Whitbread Round the World Race 1993-94

Published on April 25th, 2020

By the 1993-94 edition, the Whitbread Round the World Race had already transformed from an adventure imbued with Corinthian spirit to a professional sport where food, bedding, and clothing were being optimised for performance not comfort.

Among those leading the charge towards professionalism was Grant Dalton and his crew aboard the winning maxi yacht New Zealand Endeavour.

The 1993-94 edition was also the first race to feature the new Whitbread 60 class (with 10 boats entered), which caused memorable friction between Dalton and fellow Kiwis Chris Dickson, skipper of the W60 Tokio (which dismasted whilst leading Leg 5) and Ross Field, the class winner with Yamaha.

The crew of US Women’s Challenge all but mutinied after Leg 1, with Dawn Riley (watch leader from Maiden in the previous race) arriving as skipper and the boat renamed Heineken from Leg 3 onwards.

Video uploaded Apr 25, 2020.

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