More than a hundred yachts left the English port of Plymouth on Saturday (8 July) at the beginning of the 2,000 mile (3,200 km) Round Britain race.
GV: yachts at Plymouth Harbour.
GV: yachts congregating at starting point. (2 shots)
GV: boat No. 14 Tarnimara and No. 35 at start. (2 shot)
GV: boats at start
GV: Dutch boat No. 103 NS44 after start-off
GV: boats during race.
SV: 104 Anglia Pipedream at sea.
SV: 88 Ultima Thule at sea.
GV PAN FROM: 66 Comanche TO remainder of entrants at sea.
SPORT: YACHT RACING.
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Background: More than a hundred yachts left the English port of Plymouth on Saturday (8 July) at the beginning of the 2,000 mile (3,200 km) Round Britain race. They were expected to finish the gruelling course in about three week's time.
SYNOPSIS: It's the fourth time the race has been held, and this year's number of entries was a record. yachts from nine countries lined up at the starting point in Plymouth Sound.
Number 14, Tarnimara, captained by John Cunnington, was the only Canadian entry in the race. The trimaran Lara of Bosham had been in practice around the south coast of England. Most of the crew members taking part are amateurs who sail at weekends and during holidays.
The Dutch yacht NS44 had one of the most experienced crews in the race, two men who have both taken part in round-the-world competitions. Anglia Pipedream was sponsored by a television station, and Ultima Thule had a crew of two English doctors.
The yachts faced tough weather conditions over the next three weeks and a number of them would drop out before the finish. The ultimate winner was anyone's guess.