Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, which last week saw the departure of the 13 yachts on the last leg of the Whitbread Round-the World race, is now the setting for the 1978 World Soling Championships which opened on Saturday (25 February).
LV Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro PULL BACK TO SHOW yachts leaving harbour
SV The Blauer Peter (West Germany) leaves harbour
SV Flags of competing nations
CU Darling (West Germany) leaving harbour PAN TO Sugar Loaf Mountain
GV Start of race
SV Aquavit (Sweden) in the lead after start
SV BL3 Krishna (Brazil) in second place to FI32 keep Smiling (France) and BL32 Revolution (Brazil)
GV Race in progress
GV N87 Good News (Norway) leading around first buoy, with other yachts approaching (2 shots)
SV BL42 Croix Du Sud (Brazil) rounds buoy in front of K128 Philis (Great Britain) (winner)
LV Philis rounding next buoy clear of competitors
SV Revolution rounding buoy in second place (finished second)
CU KC152 Fro and Flo (Canada) rounds buoy
SV KC149 Delusions (Canada)
GV Yachts cross finishing line
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Background: Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, which last week saw the departure of the 13 yachts on the last leg of the Whitbread Round-the World race, is now the setting for the 1978 World Soling Championships which opened on Saturday (25 February).
SYNOPSIS: Almost 50 boats from 15 countries are competing in the week-long championship. An early winner was the British boat Philis, skippered by Philip Crebbin. The seven races of the event were staged over a 10-to-11 mile triangular course off Copacabana and Ipanema beaches near Rio. This boat is Darling, a West German entry.
For the start, there was a good south-easterly wind of about 14 knots ideal for good sailing.
The Soling class yacht, included in the Olympic class group A, is a modern boat. The first was designed and built in Norway in 1964. The first Soling championships were held in 1969.
As the race got underway and the boats rounded the first buoy, the Norwegian boat Good News, skippered by Kalle Neergaard, took the lead from the Swedish yacht Aquavit. At this stage it was very much an open contest.
Here the Croix Du Sud, one of 12 entries from Brazil, takes a lead over the British boat Philis.
But it was to be Philis's race. She pulled remorselessly ahead of her rivals to emerge as the clear winner.
The second place was taken by a Brazilian boat, the Revolution, skippered by Gastao Brun, who was placed a final third in last year's world championship.
The Canadian boat Fro and Flo, with Frederick Brooks-Hill at the helm, was third, followed by another Brazilian entry, Krishna, in fourth place. Another five races are due to take place before the final next Saturday.