Yachtsmen from all over the world ended seven days of world championship sailing in Weymouth Bay, Dorset, England on Saturday (13 July).
GV PAN start of race
SV Schmozzle (name of boat) and Yellow Joker (name of boat)
SV Onlookers from boat.
SV F. 151 (boat) putting up spinnaker
GV Dinghies with spinnakers
LV PAN dinghy during race (4 shots)
SV Onlookers from boat
LV Z.30 finishes
LV G1251 crosses finish line
LV Another boat finishes PAN TO G017 finishing
LV PAN G017 after the race
Initials OS/127 OS/144
SPORT: YACHT RACING
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Background: Yachtsmen from all over the world ended seven days of world championship sailing in Weymouth Bay, Dorset, England on Saturday (13 July).
They had been competing in the 'Flying Dutchman Class' series of races for dinghies. Ilje Wolf of East Germany was the eventual overall winner with his compatriot. Herbert Huottner in second place.
Wolf took the title from last year's winner. Hans Fogh of Canada, who was fifth in the last race of the week and finished third on overall points.
Wolf himself finished fourth in Saturday's race, but his steady performance during the week guaranteed him the winner's trophy of the championship.
The race was opened on the previous Saturday (6 July) by Mr. Fduard Heath, the former Conservative Prime Minister -- himself a renowned yachting enthusiast.
Britain's double Olympic gold medallist Rodney Pattisson was highly favoured to do well in the race. But this year he only managed to achieve fifth place.
Over fifty crews competed, including entrants from U.K., New Zealand, Switzerland, West Germany, East Germany, Canada, France, Hungary, South Africa, Holland and Brazil.
Saturday's race got off to a slow start and the dinghies carried their spinnakers to catch the light winds. They also had to contend with heavy rain in the early stages. But the day's event ended in bright sunshine and a stiff breeze.
SYNOPSIS: Weymouth Bay, off England's southern Dorset coastline on Saturday was the scene of the last day of the 'Flying Dutchman' yachting championship. Dinghies of the 'Flying Dutcham' class from all over the world were competing in the seven-day event.
Sailing in fickle winds at the start of Saturday's race over fifty dinghies manoeuvered for positions in the light breeze. A heavy downpour at the start of the race also hindered the yachtsmen. They hoisted colourful spinnaker sails to make the best of the conditions.
The Weymouth races are halfway between the last Olympic regatta at Kiel in West Germany in nineteen seventy two and the next to be held in Canada in nineteen seventy six. Competing yachtsmen said they were using the Weymouth competition as part of their long-term preparations for the forthcoming Olympics.
Despite the slow start to the race the dinghies finished in fine style. The scoring of this type of competition is complicated. Fourth across the line was number G017 skippared by Ilje Wolf of East Germany -- but he became the championship's overall winner.
Wolf's compatriot Herbert Huettner took second place ahead of the other competitors representing more than a dozen countries. Wolf took the title from last year's winner, Hans Fogh of Canada, who was fifth in this race and finished third on overall points.