In the second of the series of eliminating race sin the Americas Cup competition the Australian yacht Gretel II on Monday, (August 24) scored its second successive win over the French challenger France.
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air view Gretel and France racing (3 shots)
air view Gretel in lead
air view France
air view both ships racing and other boats following (2 shots)
air view Gretel rounding buoy
air view France letting our spinnaker
air view both shops racing
air view Gretel in lead (3 shots)
air view race and tugs following (2 shots)
air view Gretel in lead ( 2 shots)
air view marker buoy
air view & ships following ( 2 shots)
air view finishing marker with Gretel winning ( 2 shots)
SPORT: YACHT RACING
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Background: In the second of the series of eliminating race sin the Americas Cup competition the Australian yacht Gretel II on Monday, (August 24) scored its second successive win over the French challenger France. The winner of the series will challenge an American contender.
France is making its first challenge for the Americas Cup the yacht race which dates back to 1857. In that time 20 challenges have been made to the American holders, all without success.
After their defeat in the first eliminator, the French yachting syndicate dismissed its veteran Swiss-born skipper Louis Noverraz. The veteran French yachtsman Pierre "Popie" Delfour was chosen for the second race but the superior windward ability of Gretel and some clever tactical moves by her captain, Jim hardy, dashed French hopes.
But the Australians did not have it all their own way. The race developed into a seesaw battle in which the lead changed hands six times over the 24 nautical-mile course. The Australian yacht gained more than three minutes on the three windward legs of tem course and this more than offset what the Frenchmen gained on the downwind section. Gretel won by one minute and 32 seconds.
The third of the seven races between the two yachts is scheduled for today. But on the eve of the contest the French were beset by differences of opinion. The recall of Louis Noverraz despite his defeat in the first race had led to objections among the crew. One of them, Dominique Guillet, has refused to sail under him.
" I have sailed with M. Noverraz once and I do not think it is a good idea that I sail with him again," he said.
But Mr. Noverraz has the respect of his opponents. After the first race the Australian skipper commented that the French skipper had outsailed him for much of the race.