The Channel yacht race - first leg of the Admiral's Cup international trophy -- started from Southsea in south-eastern England today.
LV Yacht prepare for start
GV No. 159 Germany
GV Official fires starting canon
SLV Boats under way
SCU Officials looking through binoculars
LV Zoom into GV boats under way
SV & GV No. 496 Australia (2 shots)
GV No. 496 with crew
GV No. 13 Australia and crew on deck
TV Man looking through binoculars
GV and CU No. 450 Australia through water (2 shots)
SV Pan onlookers
GV No. 1823 US turning
LV from shore during race
GV 1823 through water
GV No. 1490 France
LV Race continues
SPORT: YACHT RACE
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Background: The Channel yacht race - first leg of the Admiral's Cup international trophy -- started from Southsea in south-eastern England today.
A record fleet of more than 100 ocean racing yachts is taking part in the 225 miles (362 kms) race from Southsea to Le Havre, France, and back.
The leading yachts should cross the finishing line at Southsea on Sunday night (30 July).
Craft from 14 countries are participating - including Britain, the United States, Australia, Bermuda and New Zealand. The rest are European countries.
The main interest in the race is that it is the first of the four events counting in the Admiral's Cup.
The other races that count are the Fastnet Race, the Britannia Cup Race and the New York Yacht Club Trophy, all of which will be raced in August.
The Admiral's Cup, which has been held every two years since 1957, has been won four times by the present holder, Britain. The United States won it in 1961. Other countries competing for the Cup this year include Australia, Finland, Germany, Holland, Spain and France.