A hundred and twenty eight yachts from 18 countries left Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday (10 January) to sail across the Atlantic Ocean for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, South America.
MLV Yachts sailing out of harbour past Table Top Mountain (3 shots)
LV S.A.S. Protea guard ship sailing out with yachts
SV Yachts heading for start
GV Crowds on harbour wall
SV Starting gun being fired from deck of Fleur
GV Yachts start and head out to sea (2 shots)
GV Two yachts racing each other (2 shots)
GV Carine Mia under full sail
TV & CU German yacht with crew working on ropes (2 shots)
GV Entire fleet under sail
GV Black hulled yacht
GV Stormkaap underway and tacking
GV Struntje V sailing into sun
Initials BB/0305 DE-AMN/DK/BB/0325
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Background: A hundred and twenty eight yachts from 18 countries left Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday (10 January) to sail across the Atlantic Ocean for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, South America.
The race is part of an ocean racing circuit of the North and South Atlantic. It comprises three legs ... St. Malo in Brittany, France, to Cape Town; Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro and Rio de Janeiro to Portsmouth, England.
The current record for the Cape Town to Rio race on actual time is 21 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes and 31 seconds. Several boats are determined to complete the race in less than 20 days this year. The distance is just under 3,800 miles (6,080 kms)
One of the favourites for the race is the French yacht Pen Duik the Sixth, skippered by Eric Tabarly.
Other entries include Carina Mia of Brazil, skippered by Carlos M.T. Guilano. This yacht was freighted from Santos for the race.
The South African entry, Stormkaap, is, when sailing at the peak of its form, probably the fastest downwind yacht of its length in the country. It had been entered in the first Rio race in 1971, but failed to make the start because of structural trouble. It is now owned by two of the Cape's most experienced sailors, Fred Smithers and Stan Maxwell, both of whom sailed in the first Rio race in another yacht.
Struntje V is a classic example of an ocean racer, skippered by Dr. G. Haveman of West Germany. It is the sister ship of Saudade, one of the triumphant 1973 German Admiral's cup team.
SYNOPSIS: Cape Town harbour where on Saturday one hundred and twenty-eight yachts set sail from South Africa for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The race is part of a three-leg racing circuit of the North and South Atlantic.
The South African Survey Ship S.A.S. Protea accompanied the fleet as guard ship.
Entries from eighteen countries are taking part. Their object is to complete the race in less than twenty days, breaking last year's record of twenty-one-and-a-half days. The course for the Cape Town to Rio leg takes the boats on a north westerly course to Trinidad and then on to Rio de Janeiro. The first leg of the circuit was from France to Cape Town and the final leg is from Rio de Janeiro to Portsmouth in England.
This is the Brazilian entry, Carina Mia. One of the favourites is French entry Pen Duik the Sixth, skippered by experienced yachtsman, Eric Tabarly. Another Favourite is a United States' entry, Ondine. Ondine is regarded as the fastest down wind boat in the world.
South Africa's entry is Stormkaap. It hopes to make good this time for it missed the nineteen-seventy-one Cape Town to Rio race because of structural problems.