Yachting - and the British round-the-world yacht race has started at Portsmouth in England. Seventeen?
Yachting - and the British round-the-world yacht race has started at Portsmouth in England. Seventeen boats are taking part - all but one of them entries from the European Community.
SYNOPSIS: The race began in stormy weather on Saturday (27 August) in Portsmouth harbour on England's south coast.
Thousands of spectators withstood torrential rain to see the race get underway.
The race was planned in four stages: from Portsmouth to Capetown in South Africa; from there to Auckland in New Zealand; and from Auckland to Rio de Janeiro. The return leg will then be back to Portsmouth.
There were 17 entries in the race, all but one of them national entries like the Dutch yacht Flyer, or the French entry Japy-Hermes, seen here with spinnaker set.
The beginning of the race signalled the start of the 27,000 mile marathon which will take eight months to complete. The yachts should arrive at their first stop, Cape Town in South Africa, some time in October.
The second leg will take them to New zealand by about Christmas and then on to Rio de Janeiro by about March.
The race is the second of its kind, sponsored by the Whitbread brewery firm. In the last round-the-world race four years ago four lives were lost. This time the organisers says the crews are more experienced and several of the boats have been specially designed for the tough conditions.
This year at least seven women are taking part in the race. And experts say the Common Market entry, Traite de Rome, has a good chance because of a big handicap advantage.