A marathon yacht race from Plymouth, U.K. to Western Australia has taken a severe toll?
A marathon yacht race from Plymouth, U.K. to Western Australia has taken a severe toll on yachts, their equipment and crews. The Parmelia race was part of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the founding of Western Australia. The thirty entrants attempted to retrace the route taken by the settlers who sailed in the Barque Parmelia to what is now Perth, Western Australia in 1829. The racing yachts aimed to arrive at Perth precisely at 10.00 a.m. local time on 25 November and some of the fastest loitered near Rottnest Island, near Fremantle, to avoid being early. Others sought line honours and pressed on to the finish. The 20 metre (66-foot) West Australian Ketch Independent Endeavour was first over the line, followed by the big Australian sloop Siska and the French sloop Gauloise Three. But one of the biggest Open Class entrants, Anitra Two, biding her time off Rottnest Island in an attempt to hit the target date, was one of the many entrants that failed to finish. Channel Nine Perth's Terry Spence reports.