One of the yachting world's most important international competitions, the One Ton Cup, is underway off the coast of France.
SV Yachts rounding marker buoy. (2 shots)
CU Bow PULL BACK TO crew of Pistache of Monaco.
MV Canquin of France with Sumbra Four of Italy in background and Resolute Salmon of the United States.
CU New Zealand yacht 45 Degrees South the Second.
SV Australian yacht Suspense.
Initials VS 19.50
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Background: One of the yachting world's most important international competitions, the One Ton Cup, is underway off the coast of France.
SYNOPSIS: A 27 mile (42 kilometre) inshore race was held off Marseilles on Tuesday (10 August). Racing in the series started on Friday with an inshore race originally won by the United States yacht, Resolute Salmon. However, six competitors complained that a marker buoy had been badly positioned. The race was rerun on Monday, but Resolute Salmon again finished first.
Resolute Salmon, which is skippered by its designer Britton Chance, also won the first of two offshore races in the competition, which was held on Sunday. The two wins had made the United States yacht favourite to win the series.
The One Ton Cup was originally started in France by the Paris Yacht Club in 1965 when it was held off Le Havre. It was again held off Le Havre in 1967, but had not been held in French waters again till now.
The winner of the Cup each year has the right to nominate where the racing will be held the following year. Pied Piper of the United States won it last year.
Tuesday's race was won by the New Zealand yacht, 45 Degrees South II, skippered by Graeme Woodroff, while compatriot S.J. Bretnall in Jiminy Cricket, finished second.
Australian yacht, Suspense, captained by C. Ricci, finished 20th, but is sixth overall. Resolute Salmon finished fourth and leads the series from two other American yachts, while 45 Degrees South the Second is fourth.