The Tall Ships Trans-Atlantic race ended in Newport, Rhode Island, on Saturday (26 June) with German barque Gorch Foch, in first place.
GV Start of race from Bermuda.
GV Gazela Primero sailing forward.
GV Gazela Primero forced across Mircea's bow and collides. (2 shots)
SV Sailors on board Mircea
GV Both boats at sea towards Newport.
U.S.A.....GV Crowd at Newport boarding ships. (3 shots)
GV Gazela Primero in dock (5 shots)
GV Other tall ships in port (3 shots)
93 ships from 26 countries - from the square riggers to small 14-ton cutters - took part in the race. Many sailed almost 4000 miles (6,400 kilometres) across the Atlantic from Britain, while others only raced from Bermuda to Newport. The main aim of the event was to mark the United States 200th anniversary of independence. On July 4, Independence Day, they will sail down the Hudson River to be reviewed by U.S. President Gerald Ford.
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Background: The Tall Ships Trans-Atlantic race ended in Newport, Rhode Island, on Saturday (26 June) with German barque Gorch Foch, in first place.
SYNOPSIS: The 635 mile (1022 kilometres) race from Bermuda to Rhode Island started the previous Sunday (20 June) - but it wasn't without incident. Among the first to get away were the Gazela Primero, a three masted barkentine, owned by the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, and the Mircea, a three masted barque with a steel hull, manned and owned by the Rumanian navy. The starting line was crowded and as the two ships moved forward the Gazela Primero was forced across the Mircea's bow, making a collision unavoidable.
The Gazela Primero lost a yardarm, some rigging and had a mast knocked askew. No-one on board was injured but the ship was out of the race. The Mircea was luckier. A cable on the bowsprit was broken, but this was repaired by the bosun and it continued on its way. And with the confusion of the start behind them, the tall ships began manoeuvring towards Newport in a fair wind.
However, after several days of frustrating weather which left them becalmed, the captains of all the ships agreed to end the race and motor into Newport.
Although the end of the race was not quite as exciting as the spectators may have wished, by late Saturday an estimated 150,000 people had turned up to welcome the sailors and inspect the ships. The Gazela Primero had limped to port for repairs and her majestic sails and rigging received just as much attention as the ships that had crossed the line.