The fifth and last race in the One Ton Cup series began in Guanabara Bay off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 30.
GV PULL BACK TO LV FROM Mountain TO yachts in harbour.
SV & CU Crew on board Italian yacht Linda. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN & CU Crew preparing on board Califa from Argentina. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Yachts crossing starting line as gun sounds.
SV PAN Sargaco of Brazil (nearest camera) with Linda (red numbers 1905) in background PAN TO Sunstreaker of Hong Kong (sail no. 1088) and Califa of Argentina racing.
SV Terrier of UK (nearest camera) rounding buoy with other yachts.
AV Sunstreaker sailing.
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Background: The fifth and last race in the One Ton Cup series began in Guanabara Bay off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 30. Yachts from five countries were competing for the coveted silver cup trophy as they set off on the tough 260-nautical mile long offshore course. In the event, conditions were so testing -- with very strong headwinds over the initial stages - that out of the eleven boats that started, only four were left at the half-way stage. But the leaders managed to stay the rest of the course, and eventually, after more that two days, it was the dog-tires crew of the Argentine entry, Califa, which was first past the committee boat on December 2 to achieve an aggregate score of 58.75 points. But overall victory was not to be theirs. The cup actually went to Linda of Italy, crewed by yachtsmen who competed in this year's American's Cup. Linda came in second, but her aggregate score of 64.5 was well ahead of Califa and left the Argentine boat second overall. Substreaker, the Hong Kong entry, finished the race third, and was also third overall with 53.5 points. She is owned by Ray Banham and Neil Pryde, the famous New Zealand sailmaker. Fourth place overall went to Terrier of the United Kingdom, which was force to abandon the race, but ended with an aggregate 41.50. Fifth place honours were earned by the home entry, Sargaco of Brazil, which achieved 38.5 points overall despite breaking her rudder in the long offshore event. The One Ton Cup was first staged by the Paris Yachting Club in 1898 and was initially disputed between French and English crews competing in river and sea regattas. But eventually the cup came under the auspices of the Offshore Racing Council.