Seven large sailing ships were involved in a collision in Bermuda on Sunday (20 June) shortly after the start of the third leg of the ???
Seven large sailing ships were involved in a collision in Bermuda on Sunday (20 June) shortly after the start of the third leg of the ???ll ships race to ???port, Rhode Island. A race official said it was the first collision in the 20-year history of the race.
SYNOPSIS: At the start of the race 96 ships manoeuvred for positions in the waters of Bermuda. The fleet, which included 18 square riggers, was on the third leg of a contest which began in Plymouth in Britain in May this year.
The start of the race drew huge crowds to the Caribbean. The "Tovarisch", the Soviet merchant marine entry has 135 cadets as crew. The United States yacht "Eagle" was one of the more modern competitors.
The Bigger of the ships led the way in a strong wind from the south-east. If that wind was to held steady, some of them could cover the 630 mile (428 kms) leg in four to five days.
The huge square riggers were followed out of Hamilton harbour by a fleet of smaller cutters, ketches, schooners and yawls. According to race officials the collisions happened because skippers used similar strategies during the race start. Two square riggers involved ware forced to withdraw. The ships will eventually deck in New York. From there, they sail down the Mudson River on the fourth of July, to mark the 200th anniversary of U.S. independence, at the end of their 3,300-mile (5,6??? kms) race, from England.