• Short Summary

    British mariner, Chay Blyth sailed his ketch, Great Britain II, first across the line at Portsmouth on Thursday (11 April) at the end of a round-the-world yacht race.

  • Description

    British mariner, Chay Blyth sailed his ketch, Great Britain II, first across the line at Portsmouth on Thursday (11 April) at the end of a round-the-world yacht race.

    The 72-foot (23 metre) craft, flanked by a flotilla of welcoming craft, glided into the southern English port 222 days after setting sail with 17 other yachts in the 27,000 miles (43,400 kilometres) international race.

    Several thousand people were at the quayside to hail Blyth an his crew of nine paratroopers. A canon was fired, and sirens wailed.

    Although it crossed the line first, the Great Britain II was expected to take only sixth place in the running for the averall winner's trophy. The Sayula II, a Mexican entrant, was expected to take top handicap honours.

    Great Britain II set out with a crew of twelve. But one man was lost overboard, another broke an arm and a third had to return home for personal reasons.

    At a champagne party aboard the ketch, Blyth, sitting with his wife and four-year-old daughter, said he would do it again, but he'd take double the number of men.

    The 35 year old former army sergeant -- who became the first man to sail solo around the world from east to west in 1971 -- said he might write a book about the voyage.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1JR9LT7D1BYTNOWVQPMXYFUZB
    Media URN:
    VLVA1JR9LT7D1BYTNOWVQPMXYFUZB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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