Argentina's Red Rock III took individual line honour in the first Inshore Race of the Admiral's Cup series at Cowes, Isle of Wight, U.
Argentina's Red Rock III took individual line honour in the first Inshore Race of the Admiral's Cup series at Cowes, Isle of Wight, U.K., on Monday (4 August) ... after a tightly contested race.
But the real triumph of the day went to the British team, who -- with Yeoman, Noryma and battle cry all finishing in the first seven places -- went to third place in the team placing, two places behind West Germany who moved ahead to the top of the points table.
The United States fell back to second place after the race, the second of the Admiral's Cup four, and Australia sank to fourth position ... with the possibility of dropping further, depending on the results of a protest against the yacht Mercedes, who jumped the starting gun, along with three others.
Facing freshening winds and a heat haze brought on by the day's high temperatures, the Australian yacht Bumblebee -- winner of the Cross Channel Race on Friday (1 August) -- took an early lead. But heavy mist made spotting the Nab Tower marker difficult, and it was the Spanish contender Sanumac that rounded first
For the second half of the 70 mile (48 kilometre) race, yachts jostled for placing, often reaching speeds of over 20 knots. But it was Red Rock who came past the line first, leaving quite a few disappointed Australian and U.S. yachtsmen in her wake.
SYNOPSIS: The start of the first Inshore Race -- the second in the Admiral's Cup series -- at Cowes, ??? of Wight, on Monday.
Sixty competitors from all over the world are taking part in the series. Australia's one of the major contenders. Bumblebee not them off to a good start by winning Friday's Cross Channel Race... but the team's still behind the United States team -- including Charisma, here -- on points.
But it's the West Germans who've taken team honours in the series so far. They were lying second behind the United States afar the Cross Channel Race ... but -- with P???nta coming the fifth -- the team's overall performance on Monday pushed them to the top of the points table. Rubin -- shown here in action along the thirty mile course -- finished sixth.
And the third West German racer -- Duva -- came in twenty-second.
Helmsman ted Hood on the United States yacht, Robin. she came in second in Monday's race ... after also finishing second on Friday. But the U.S. team was let down for points by Tenacious' seventeenth placing.
The Australian yacht Bumblebee again ... rounding the Nab Tower half-way maker after taking on an early lead. But the couldn't hold on to it in the fact homeward stretch.
It was Red Rock the Third from Argentina -- here rounding Nab Tower -- that came home to take individual honours at the line.
As the yachts jostled to round sharply, the French contender Revolution came a cropper... breaking off her spinnaker colliding with the Tower as she moved inside.
By the end, West Germany had moved into first place, with Britain second, the United States third and Australia fourth.