The Whitbread Round the World yacht race is nearing its last stage with most of the 16 vessels now docked in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.
The Whitbread Round the World yacht race is nearing its last stage with most of the 16 vessels now docked in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. They have just completed one of the longest stages of the race, nearly 8,000 miles from Auckland in New Zealand, round the notorious Cape Horn and then up to Rio. One of the latest arrivals was the French Yacht, Gauloises II.
SYNOPSIS: Here in heavy seas she makes the final approach to Rio Harbour.
She arrived in port late on Thursday (31 January). Two other yachts, the British entry Accutrac and the French yacht Neptune arrived the same day.
Their arrival meant that of the 16 starters of the 30,000 mile race only 10 had completed the third leg. They now face the 6,000 mile haul north across the Atlantic to the finish in Portamouth, England.
Gauloises II is one of the smallest yachts in the race. She has a crew of eight and weights just over 13 tons. But she has a fine pedigree.
She was launched ten years ago as Pen Duick III and under her designer and skipper then, Eric Tabarly, scored a number of race successes.
Gauloises II is built of aluminium and is now captained by Eric Loizeau, who has sailed with Tabarly. To make room for the eight man crew ship fitters had Like the rest of the yachts in the race she will be judged on a handicap basis. But by the time they reach Portsmouth sometime in April, tactics, weather, skill and luck will decide the winner.