Eleven nations are competing in the world yachting championships off Adelaide, Australia -- but have so far been dogged by changeable weather conditions.
MV Flags of competing nations
MV American yacht (eventual winner)
CU ZOOM OUT TO MV.. Israeli boat into water
MV German boat into water
GV Yacht club building
LV Start of race
SV Crowds looking on
LV Race in progress
SV Young boy looking through binoculars
LV PAN..Race in progress
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Background: Eleven nations are competing in the world yachting championships off Adelaide, Australia -- but have so far been dogged by changeable weather conditions.
The week-long championships are being conducted in two states -- the single-handed and the two-man event. This film shows the fast heat of the 420 class, the first of the championship and the only heat raced on Wednesday (3rd January). Light and changeable winds prevented other planned races from taking place.
Thirty-two boats contested the 420 heat in conditions that were hardly suitable for sailing. Twenty Australians competed, but the Swiss, West German and French crews were expected to win.
The race was finally won by the United States 420 champion, Wally Greens. Israel's Mottei Abram fought into second place, while Australians filled the next three places.
SYNOPSIS: Eleven nations are competing in the world yachting championships this week at Adelaide in Australia.
The first race of the week-long championships was held on Wednesday. The United States champion Wally Greens was entered for the race -- the first heat of the four-twenty class, as was Israel's Mottei Abram, a favourite is his yacht.
Also among the twelve foreign competitors in the heat, Dirk Johnson from West Germany. He too was a favourite, but strong competition was expected from the twenty Australian contestants entered in the race.
By the time the race got under way, the weather had worsened considerably, and the competitors had a difficult time fighting the adverse conditions.
The light winds changed direction continually, and sometimes faded away to almost nothing, making good sailing almost impossible.
But the course was completed, and it was Wally Greene of the United States who was first past the line, with Israel's Mottei Abram a close second.