Yachting.....and the ten year-old sloop Apollo skippered by Sydney businessman, Jack Rooklyn gained line honours?
LV Race winner, the sloop Apollo passes finishing line with crew taking down sails (TWO SHOTS)
GV ZOOM INTO LV Runner up, the cutter Helsal
SV Captain Jack Rooklyn being interviewed aboard Apollo
ROSS: "There's the gun. And the horns and the cheers and the clapping and the shouting now start. Apollo, winner of line honours, Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 1978. Now of course a lot of very frantic activity on board as they get the sheets down. And yes here comes the foresail. That will come down first, and that will come down very quickly. And the lads can't pull it down quick enough, as the pick-up boat moves out and will shortly take them in tow and take them into berth.
There she is. She crosses the line. Helsal, second place for line honours in the 1978 Sydney to Hobart yacht race. And receiving the traditional welcome from the very large crowd gathered on the foreshore of (indistinct) Esplanade."
ROSS: "Well, Jack Rooklyn welcome to Hobart once more. First line honours again."
ROOKLYN: "Thank you."
ROSS: "Congratulations to you. what sort of a trip was it?"
ROOKLYN: "Well, rough, slow, rather frustrating. The first two days were quite brisk. Very calm. The day before yesterday was beautiful-like cruise weather."
Winner on handicap of the 630 mile (1000 kilometre) Sydney-Hobart race was the former Admiral's Cup yacht, Love and War, with a corrected time of three days, twelve hours and thirteen minutes.
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Background: Yachting.....and the ten year-old sloop Apollo skippered by Sydney businessman, Jack Rooklyn gained line honours in the 1978 Sydney to Hobart yacht race in a comparatively slow time of just over four days. Rooklyn's yacht almost missed the race, arriving in Sydney only hours before the start. But he made no mistake about the finish as Ian Ross of Sydney's TCN-9 reports.