British mariner, Chay Blyth sailed his ketch, Great Britain II, first across the line at Portsmouth on Thursday (11 April) at the end of a round-the-world yacht race.
GV Great Britain II sailing into the solent
SV small craft PAN TO Great Britain II
SV ZOOM OUT crew member releasing sails
SV crowds on boat with "welcome home" sign
SV Great Britain II escorted by other boats
GV Crew members on deck PAN DOWN TO stern of Great Britain II
SCU Chay Blyth signals to wellwishers
SV Wellwishers follow Great Britain II
SV Cres on deck PAN across to flotilla following
GV Great Britain II heads home
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Background: British mariner, Chay Blyth sailed his ketch, Great Britain II, first across the line at Portsmouth on Thursday (11 April) at the end of a round-the-world yacht race.
The 72-foot (23 metre) craft, flanked by a flotilla of welcoming craft, glided into the southern English port 222 days after setting sail with 17 other yachts in the 27,000 miles (43,400 kilometres) international race.
Several thousand people were at the quayside to hail Blyth an his crew of nine paratroopers. A canon was fired, and sirens wailed.
Although it crossed the line first, the Great Britain II was expected to take only sixth place in the running for the averall winner's trophy. The Sayula II, a Mexican entrant, was expected to take top handicap honours.
Great Britain II set out with a crew of twelve. But one man was lost overboard, another broke an arm and a third had to return home for personal reasons.
At a champagne party aboard the ketch, Blyth, sitting with his wife and four-year-old daughter, said he would do it again, but he'd take double the number of men.
The 35 year old former army sergeant -- who became the first man to sail solo around the world from east to west in 1971 -- said he might write a book about the voyage.