Yachting, and in Brazil, contestants in the Whitbread Round the-World race are arriving after completing the third leg from Auckland in New Zealand.
GV, ADC ACCUTRAC enters Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janerio
GV, ADC, ACCUTRAC SKIPPER, Claire Francis at helm (2 shots)
GV, ADC ACCU???RAC crossing bay. (4 shots)
First across the line in Brazil was the French entry Pen Duick Six, skippered by Eric Tabarly, noted for his singlehanded sailing exploits. However, a protest has been entered concerning his yacht, which has a keel of uranium which is no longer radioactive. The race organisers have ruled that keels may not be of any material denser than lead and are deliberating whether Pen Duick Six will be allowed to finish the race as an official competitor.
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Background: Yachting, and in Brazil, contestants in the Whitbread Round the-World race are arriving after completing the third leg from Auckland in New Zealand.
SYNOPSIS: Among those to arrive at Guanabara Bay on Tuesday (31 January) was yachts-woman Clare Francis whose yacht, ADC accutrac was seventh across the line and is also in seventh place on handicap. The ADC ACCU TRAC was one of four yachts to finish the third leg on Tuesday.
Clare's yacht is a Swan 65, like two others among the 16 conte???tants in the race. She bought it last year and had it refitted especially for the race. The winner of the first Whitbread Round-the-World race was also a Swan 65.
Clare is no newcomer to sailing - she started when she was five years old and she's gained an impressive list of credits. She's raced singlehanded across the Atlantic, finishing 13th out of 125 starters. She finished third in the 1974 Round Britain race, and has been awarded the Royal Yacht Squadron of England's Chichester award for single-handed sailing achievements in 1976.