Twenty four yachts from six countries are competing in twelve hundred mile (1930 Kilometers) race from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Twenty four yachts from six countries are competing in twelve hundred mile (1930 Kilometers) race from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The starting gun sounded Sunday (3 February) in Buenos Aires Harbour.
The participants had been arriving in Buenos Aires Harbour for a week prior to the race. As expected, the biggest contingents came from the two host countries. Eleven competitors are from Argentina and eight are flying Brazil's flag. Uruguay has two representatives in the regatta while there is one each from Chile, the United States and Great Britain.
The British entry is the 24-metre ketch, Burton Cutter, skippered by its owner, Leslie Williams. The Burton Cutter had been competing in the Round-the-World Race when it was forced to drop out on The Cape Town to Sydney leg because of damage to its aluminium hull. The Burton Cutter is using the Buenos Aires-Rio regatta as a competitive way of getting to Rio de Janeiro where it will rejoin the Round-the-World Race for the final leg to Portsmouth, England.
The Buenos Aires to Rio Regatta has run every three years since it was started in 1947.