Britain has a two point lead after the first race of this year's Southern Cross yachting series--raced off the coast of Australia.
SV Yachts sailing PAN TO "Stormy"
GV Sailing shots (2 shots)
MV "Cervantes IV"
MV "American Eagle"
Initials BB/1530 DME/DE/BB/1521
SPORT: YACHT RACE
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Background: Britain has a two point lead after the first race of this year's Southern Cross yachting series--raced off the coast of Australia.
The first race was held on Saturday, and covered 180 miles along the New South Wales coast.
The winner of the first race on corrected times was the British entry "Cervantes IV". British yachts also finished in sixth and seventh places.
Second was the Australian yacht "Ragamuffin" with another local boat "Polaris" third.
Two New Zealand yachts "Wai-Aniwa" and "Pathfinder" finished fourth and fifth.
The Southern Cross yachting series culminates on December 26th with the start of one of the world's most famous ocean events, the Sydney-to-Hobart race.
SYNOPSIS: On the coast of Australia--the start of this year's Southern Cross yachting series. It's one of the world's most famous and testing ocean events and culminates on December 26 with the start of the Sydney-to-Hobart race. This first race in the series took the big yachts round a 160-mile course off the coast of New South Wales.
When corrected times were calculated for the first race, the British contingent held a clear lead. They took first, sixth and seventh places. Australian yachts were second and third, and New Zealand boats finished fourth and fifth.
Overall winner of the event--this yacht "Cervantes IV". She's a forty-foot sloop skippered by Bob Watson. Her corrected time for the 180 mile journey was 22 hours, 37 minuets and 6 seconds.
First across the line--the big American yacht "American Eagle". She was placed well down on corrected times.