The 72-foot ketch, Great Britain II, sailed into Rio de Janeiro Harbour on Thursday night (7 February) to win the honour of being the first competitor to complete the third leg of the Whitbread Round the World yacht race.
GV Skyline of Rio de Janeiro
GV Sugarloaf Mountain
GV Great Britain II at ancher (2 shots)
SCU Name Great Britain II on bow
SV Captaingend crew scramble aboard (2 shots)
SCU Captain talking to newsmen
CU Compass face
SV Captain and crew member coil rape
SV Crewman climbs up mast
SV Captain moves anchor on deck
Initials BB/1711 MMbI/PN/BB/1730
SPORT: YACHT RACING
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Background: The 72-foot ketch, Great Britain II, sailed into Rio de Janeiro Harbour on Thursday night (7 February) to win the honour of being the first competitor to complete the third leg of the Whitbread Round the World yacht race. She finished two days ahead of the nearest rival, the Mixican fiberglass ketch Sayula II.
The Sayula II finished Saturday (9 February) just over two hours ahead of the French ketch, Kriter. But on corrected time, Sayula II was the overall winner of the third leg and has taken the lead in the full race.
The just completed stretch from Sydney, Australia to Rio de Janerio was by far the roughest of the competition so far. The early leader of the race, the French yacht, Pen Duick VI, was ???orced to return to Sydney with a broken main mast. And tranedy struck the Great Britain II. A crew member, Bernard Hoskin, aged 27, was washed overboard and drowned in rough seas off New Zealand. The British yacht also lost three sails and a storm spilt three bulkheads. The nine remaining crewmen had to pump non-stop for three weeks to keep the yacht afloat. The vessel's captain, Chay Blyth, said the Great Britain II will be lifted out of the water on Wednesday (13 February) so the damage can be located and repaired.
In about a month after all thirteen competitors have rested and repaired their yachts, the final leg of the race, from Rio to Portsmouth, England will get underway.