• Short Summary

    The Australian 12 metre racing yacht, Gretel, is having an extensive refit in Sydney, during which major changes are being made to her hull and gear.

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    In Gretel past ferries etc launch in front right 12
    17 ft


    cu stern of Gretel 20 1/2 picked up
    21 ft


    ms two men carry stern to camera place on drum 35 1/2 move away
    28 1/2 ft


    slight tilt to new stern of Gretel
    34 ft


    closer shot stern
    37 ft


    ms man cutting hole for a new mast position lifts board out 39 1/2
    44 ft


    mcu tilt down to working smoothing hole
    47 1/2 ft


    ls still working on hole 49 1/2 coffee grinders in fg walks to side
    54 ft


    cu stern of gretel
    57 ft



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    Background: The Australian 12 metre racing yacht, Gretel, is having an extensive refit in Sydney, during which major changes are being made to her hull and gear. This is what Gretel looked liked before she left to challenge for the America's Cup last year. In America, before the challenge series began, the position of her mast was altered slightly.

    Gretel was beaten by four races to one, by Weatherly, the American defender; but she acquitted herself well on the Americans home waters. Now, Gretel is undergoing major alterations at a Sydney boat builder's yard.

    About three feet has been cut from Gretel's finely streamlined stern, leaving her with a blunter stern shape. The new stern was fashioned under the supervision of Alan Payne, the designer of Gretel. It was necessary because of changes in the forrard section of the boat. Mr. Payne said today the removal of the stern section had rid Gretel of one hundred pounds of dead weight.

    Gretel's mast is again being moved - this time about one foot cutting nearer the bow. The whole rig of the yacht will be moved the same amount. The steering will be fitted with reduction gear to ease the physical effort needed from the helmsman. Because of the other changes, the coffee grinder winches, in the foreground, will be repositioned for their work of raising and lowering sail. The cockpit has been made self bailing, because it shipped water during the America's cup series.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6XIEWZ7YSMXZAASBLWDTGWOW4
    Media URN:
    VLVA6XIEWZ7YSMXZAASBLWDTGWOW4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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