• Short Summary

    ERIC TABARLY OF FRANCE BECAME THE FIRST MAN TO WIN BOTH THE TRANS-ATLANTIC AND THE TRANS-PACIFIC SOLO YACHT RACES, WHEN HE SAILED INTO ABURATSUBO HARBOUR, SOUTH-WEST OF TOKYO, ON THURSDAY EVENING.

  • Description

    ERIC TABARLY OF FRANCE BECAME THE FIRST MAN TO WIN BOTH THE TRANS-ATLANTIC AND THE TRANS-PACIFIC SOLO YACHT RACES, WHEN HE SAILED INTO ABURATSUBO HARBOUR, SOUTH-WEST OF TOKYO, ON THURSDAY EVENING. HE WAS SO FAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE THAT HE HAD TO TELEPHONE THE ORGANISERS TO SAY THAT HE HAD ARRIVED.

    THERE IS SOME DIFFERENCE OF OPINION BETWEEN TABARLY AND THE JUDGES OF THE RACE ABOUT THE TIME HE ACTUALLY TOOK. HE CLAIMS TO HAVE CROSSED THE 6000 MILES (9500 KMS) PACIFIC OCEAN IN SLIGHTLY UNDER 40 DAYS, AND THE JUDGES SAY HE TOOK 41 DAYS. WHATEVER THE OFFICIAL TIME TABARLY WILL HAVE BEATEN THE 7-YEAR-OLD RECORD, SET BY JAPANESE KENICHI HORIE. HE TOOK 92 DAYS.

    TABARLY SAID AFTER THE RACE THAT IT HAD BEEN MUCH EASIER THAN THE ATLANTIC CROSSING, WHICH HE HAS DONE FOUR TIMES.

    FOUR OTHER YACHTSMEN ARE STILL IN THE RACE, THOUGH TWO OF THEM ARE THOUGHT TO HAVE GIVEN UP. THEY ARE JEAN YVES TERLAIN OF FRANCE; CLAUS HEHNER OF WEST GERMANY; RENE HAUWERT OF BELGIUM AND JERRY CARTWRIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES.

    TABARLY IS A FORMER NAVY LIEUTENANT. HE IS 37.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA366ZH6GDXRJBXPYSXYWVTPWUE
    Media URN:
    VLVA366ZH6GDXRJBXPYSXYWVTPWUE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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