Yachtsmen form 10 nations were fighting through heavy Atlantic seas on Sunday (18 June), the second day of the single-handed trans atlantic race.
AERIAL VIEWS of lone yacht (2 shots)
CU Reporter in aircraft
AERIAL VIEW. American entry "Three Cheers"
AERIAL VIEW..French sloop "Toucan"
DITTO British entry "Blue Smoke"
DITTO Chinese lug-sailed rig "Ron Glas" (British)
DITTO "Golden Vanity" (British)
REPORTER: "The 53 competitors now at sea have been having a taste of what the At antic has to offer: near gale force south-westerly winds which have been making it hard going for the first 24 hours. The favourite, the big French schooner, Vendredi Treize, must now be past the Scillies and well out in the Atlantic. But here's another possible winner, the American trimaran Three Cheers, flogging along under jib and mizzen just to the south of Lands End. Obviously, the head winds haven't been to her liking, or to those of the other multi-hulls in the race. Just ahead of him, the French sloop, Toucan, sailed by Alain Glicksman. It was about here that another French entry, Wild Rocket, lost its sails during last night's gale and is now running back to Plymouth for repairs. One of the smaller entries, Blue Smoke, sailed by Guy Hornett, is just south of the Scillies and going well. And so is the Chinese lug-sailed rig, the Ron Glas, sailed by Jock McLeod And probably bringing up the rear, plugging along gamely east of the Lizard, is the oldest boat in the fleet, Golden Vanity. With no self-steering to help him, the skipper, Peter Crowther, must have moved to during the night, but there's still a good chance that she'll get to America, somehow, some time."
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Background: Yachtsmen form 10 nations were fighting through heavy Atlantic seas on Sunday (18 June), the second day of the single-handed trans atlantic race.
Two competitors are already on their way back to the starting point in Plymouth, England, after running into difficulties.
The race, which has been run every four years since 1960, this year attracted a total of 54 entries.
There are 13 form France, 21 from britain, 5 from the United States, four from Italy, there each from West Germany and Poland, two from Australia and one each from Belgium, Czechoslovakia and Holland.
Frenchman Jean-Yves Terlain, whose huge schooner Vendredi Treize in nearly twice as big as any other boat in the race, was reported to be holding the lead he built up on the first day of the race.
The race, considered the toughest single-handed event in the world, will and in Newport, Rhode Island, in the United Stated States.
This coverage of the second day of the race was filmed by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Reporter Peter Crampton's commentary is transcribed below. An alternate prepared by Visnews appears overleaf.