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    In Bermuda's St. Georges Harbour, the biggest international sailing fleet of all time has gathered?

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    In Bermuda's St. Georges Harbour, the biggest international sailing fleet of all time has gathered to take part in a three and a half thousand mile (5600 kilometre) race to the United States. Ninety-three sailing ships from all over the world will leave tomorrow (20 June) for newport, Rhode Island.

    SYNOPSIS: The race celebrates the United States Bicentenary and is the last leg of a three part race which began in Plymouth, England on 2 May. Most of the crews have been relaxing in the sunshine or taking a dip in Bermuda's warm tropical seas. Many crew members are young people between the ages of 15 and 25 as there is a ruling that at least half of each ship's company must be under 25 years old.

    There were 36 ships in the first race from Plymouth to Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, and the British ship, Great Britain II was first over the line. But it was the two majestic Soviet barques, Tovarisch and Kruzenshtern, which were first and second on overall points. They held their lead in the race between Tenerife and Bermuda and look set to do well in the journey to Newport, Rhode Island.

    But the other crews haven't given up yet and they're confident they can pull back the Soviet lead. The race is expected to be finished by 1 July and the ships will then sail to New York for the United States Bicentenary celebrations on 4 July. Two days later, the crews will receive a ticker tape welcome as they walk up Broadway in Now York City. And then for some, it will be back to their ships for another race from Boston back to Ply mouth.

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