• Short Summary

    THE START OF THE SYDNEY TO HOBART RACE WAS ONE OF THE LIVELIEST IN THE HISTORY OF THE RACE.

  • Description

    1.
    ROUGH WATER - ASTOR AT THE HEADS
    3 1/2 ft

    2.
    BANG INTO BOWSPRIT INTO THE WATER
    10 ft

    3.
    FOURTH SHOT SOLO WITH MANLY FERRY IN BACKGROUND
    12 ft

    4.
    ILINA - NO. 37 THIRD OUT OF THE HEADS
    16 ft

    5.
    MASS OF SMALLER BOATS AS THEY HIT ROUGH SEAS & SWELL
    20 1/2 ft

    6.
    WINSTON CHURCHILL WITH JANSOON TO LEE - & PAN TO ANOTHER
    24 1/2 ft

    7.
    THREE IN GROUP, TWO DECK AND NECK RIVAL, SEA BEE & SYLVANA WITH REEF IN
    30 1/2 ft

    8.
    CLUSTER OF FOUR
    36 1/2 ft

    9.
    LOLITA WITH REEF TUCKED IN
    41 1/2 ft

    10.
    CLUSTER OF ABOUT SIX
    45 1/2 ft

    11.
    MID SHOT HEADING TO SEA (4 SHOTS)
    61 1/2 ft

    12.
    GROUP OF THEM PAN TO FINISH
    66 ft



    Initials PB/S/MK/CLA/AMR


    SPORT: YACHT RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE START OF THE SYDNEY TO HOBART RACE WAS ONE OF THE LIVELIEST IN THE HISTORY OF THE RACE. IT WAS BOTH BOISTEROUS AND FAST - AND THIS YEAR THERE WERE FEWER SMALL CRAFTS OUT IN THE HARBOUR TO FOLLOW THE START.

    THE ASTOR - THE BIGGEST YACHT TAKING PART. JUST BEFORE THE START, THE ASTOR SANK A 22-FEET TENDER WHILE MANOEUVRING OUT OF RUSH-CUTTERS BAY. A STIFF SOUTH-EASTERLY WIND SENT THE FLEET SCUDDING DOWN SYDNEY HARBOUR WITH A SPECTACULAR BURST OF SPEED. EVERYTHING POINTED TO A FAST RACE ALL THE WAY TO HOBART.

    ONLY SEVENTEEN MINUTES AFTER THE START - AND ASTOR WAS SAILING THROUGH THE HEADS. THE SYDNEY WEATHER BUREAU FORECAST THAT THE YACHTS WOULD MEET SOUTH-EASTERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 20 MILES AN HOUR AND OCCASIONAL GUSTS OF UP TO 30 MILES AN HOUR.

    THE YACHT SOLO - WHICH WAS RIGHT BEHIND ASTOR. THIRD OUT OF THE HEADS WAS ILINA, NUMBER 37. IN ALL, 34 YACHTS ARE NOW BATTLING THE ROUGH SEAS DOWN THE COAST, ONE OF THE SMALLEST ENTRIES THE SYDNEY SLOOP TARNI, HAD TO WITHDRAW AFTER SNAPPING A BOON IN THESE ROUGH, GUSTY CONDITIONS. HERE'S WINSTON CHURCHILL WHICH HAD A FALSE START.

    IT WAS AN EXCITING START TO WHAT'S NOW REGARDED AS ONE OF THE THREE GREATEST OCEAN YACHT RACES IN THE WORLD AND CERTAINLY THE GREATEST IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE. A LATE REPORT SAYS THAT THE YACHTS ARE NOW STRUNG OUT OVER MILES OF OCEAN AND BATTLING SOUTHWARD IN VERY HEAVY WEATHER.

    SYDNEY HARDWARE WAS NOW BEHIND THEM. THERE WERE SOMETHING LIKE 700 MILES BEFORE THEM IN GRUELLING RACE - A RACE WITH PERHAPS NO LET UP BEFORE THEY MEET THE CALM OF HOBART HARBOUR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA34KFXKX3YAE7KR5ABB2AS38L5
    Media URN:
    VLVA34KFXKX3YAE7KR5ABB2AS38L5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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