The Dutch ketch Flyer has taken line honours in the first leg of the Whitbread Round-the-World yacht race.
LV ZOOM IN TO GV Dutch ketch Flyer sailing into Table Bay, Cape Town
CU Spectators looking at ketch (2 shots)
SV Official with finishing line gun
LV Flyer crosses first leg finishing line
SV People at Royal Cape yacht club watching
LV ZOOM INTO GV Flyer taking in spinnaker
SV Flags PAN TO GV bay
LV & SV Flyer coming into inner reaches of bay
SV People on quayside
LV ZOOM INTO SV Crew members mooring ketch
CU Name 'Flyer' on bow
CU Crew members sorting their mail
CU Interview with captain Cornelius van Ritschoten
GV Crew members opening drinking bottle of champagne
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "What are your chances of being the handicap winner?"
VAN RITSCHOTEN: "Well, I don't know. One of the French boats is a hot competitor...the Gauloise...and they said they had a lot of wind the last couple of days. But they need..they need three runs of 250 miles to beat us..."
REPORTER: "That's a lot."
VAN RITSCHOTEN: "...and I don't think they can do it."
The British Ketch King's Legend cross the line two hours after Flyer. These two yachts had sailed almost level-pegging from Portsmouth. Most of the other entries were expected to arrive in Cape Town within the week following 5 October. Hot favourite at the start was the R380,000 British yacht Condor, which had to have her revolutionary carbon-fibre mast replaced in Liberia after it snapped while she was off the bulge of Africa. The second leg to Auckland, New Zealand begins towards the end of October.
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Background: The Dutch ketch Flyer has taken line honours in the first leg of the Whitbread Round-the-World yacht race. Flyer sailed into Table Bay at Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday (5 October) having travelled from Portsmouth, England in 38 days and 21 hours. The reduced by 54 hours the time record of 42 days set by the British Ketch Burton Cutter in the 1973/74 round-the-world race.
SYNOPSIS: The final stage was frustrating for Flyer's skipper and crew. At 5 a.m. they were in sight of Green Point Lighthouse but the wind died. They had already beaten Burton Cutter's record, but the five hours they spent becalmed just off the coast diminished their achievement, in the record book.
It was not until 10 a.m. that Flyer was given the finishing line gun to end her first leg. The Ketch is also a candidate for handicap honours on this leg, though this will not be clear until more yachts have crossed the line.
It was a triumph for Flyer and her international crew consisting of four Dutchmen, two Americans, two New Zealanders two Britons and one Frenchmen.
After the rigours of their weeks at sea, the Flyer's crew were sailing into a whirl of social activity that had been planned for them in Cape Town, Thirty leading members of the city's Dutch community had paid for wads of hospitality vouchers to be handed to each crew member.
An added pleasure for Flayer's crew was their having won a private duel with the British ketch King's Legano. However, owner and skipper Cornelius van Ritschoten was only guardedly optimistic.