• Short Summary

    The biennial Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro Yacht race could be cancelled because the Brazilian government has decided to close its ports to competitors.

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    The biennial Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro Yacht race could be cancelled because the Brazilian government has decided to close its ports to competitors.

    South Africa has recalled its Brazilian ambassador for consultations as a political row looms.

    South African Foreign Minister Hilgard Muller described the Brazilian government's action as "very disturbing."
    Brazil announced on Thursday (1 January) that it was closing its ports to the race, apparently as a gesture in support of a United Nations call for sanctions against South Africa because of its apartheid policies.

    The decision will mean the race will probably have to be cancelled, unless organisers can find an alternative South American port for the finish.

    A hundred and forty eight yachts from 18 countries were to take part in the 3,500 mile (5800 km) event - one of the premier yachting events of the sailing calender.

    The race is scheduled to begin on Saturday (10 January).

    Dr. Victor Norton, chairman of the Rio Race Committee, said the organisers were attempting to deal with the surprise announcement.

    "We are in particular trying to find an alternative rave," he said.

    Carlos De Britto, commodore of the Rio De Janeiro Yacht Club, a co-sponsor of the event, said he would do everything in his power to have the decision reversed.

    SYNOPSIS: The famous Cape Town to Rio De Janeiro yacht race may have to be cancelled this year because the Brazilian Government has decided to close its port to competitors. The three thousand five hundred mile event is held every two years, and has been raced twice before.

    As a result of the Brazilian decision, South Africa has recalled its ambassador and a political row looms. The South African Foreign Minister, Hilgard Muller described the action by Brazil as "very disturbing".

    Brazil decided on New Years Day to close its ports to the race, apparently as a gesture in support of a United Nations call for sanctions against South Africa because of its apartheid policies.

    In this film, taken just before the announcement, the crews from the one hundred and forty eight yachts, from eighteen countries, were busily preparing their craft for the race which was to have started on the tenth of January.

    Organisers now are desperately trying to find another South American port for the race finish. The South African organisers are to hold an emergency meeting on January the second to discuss alternatives.

    Chairman of the Rio race Committee said that from the beginning of the race project, many years ago, there had been the warmest co-operation from the yachting community of Rio De Janeiro, which was doing its best to get the decision reversed.

    In the meantime, the thousands of yachtsmen and women, can only work on their boats, and wait for organisers to make an announcement on the fate of the race.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4988G4B83NJFDKBHSFPA2A0G5
    Media URN:
    VLVA4988G4B83NJFDKBHSFPA2A0G5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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