Five yachts -- lined up in Sydney Harbour on Sunday (21 December) to return to England on the second leg of the round-the-world clipper race.
GV Sydney harbour
SV Stern of Australian yacht Anaconda II PAN TO Italian yacht, Busnelly
SV Great Britain II
SV French yacht, Kriter
GV Yachts breaks out genoa
LV Starting gun fires
GV PAN Start of race
LV French yacht (blue hull)
LV Great Britain II (red hull)
GV Yachts through Sydney Heads
SV Great Britain II in swell
SV Dutch yacht, Great Escape
GV Great Britain II at sea
Initials BB/1745 JA/MR/BB/1800
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Background: Five yachts -- lined up in Sydney Harbour on Sunday (21 December) to return to England on the second leg of the round-the-world clipper race.
Under a blue sky, with the famous Sydney harbour reflecting the deep blue of the Australian sky, the yachts sailed out accompanied by hundreds of small pleasure craft, Australian Navy gun ships and protective police launches.
The huge crowd that had gathered to watch the yachts leave, cheered as each left the mooring jetty.
The yachts, from France, England, Australia, Holland and Italy are attempting to break the sixty-seven day record, set 106 years ago, for sailing between Sydney and England.
The yachts from England, France,Holland and Italy previously raced from London to Sydney. The English boat, Great Britain Two, won the event only six-and-a-half hours a had of her French rival, the Kriter.
The Great Britain Two broke the previous sailing record on the outward journey from England and Sydney, set 105 years ago by nearly forty-two hours, despite being virtually becalmed over the last one hundred miles (160 kms) of the voyage.
This time the four boats were joined by the Australian craft, Anaconda Two. It was the Australian entry that led the yachts out of Sydney Heads and into the blue waters of the Pacific. She was followed closely by Great Britain Two, the French boat, Kriter and the Italian entry, Busnelly.
The Italian yacht was spared from being scratched at the last minute through lack of money. An English businessman approached the race organisers and offered financial help.
The yachts are sailing a course which will take them south of New Zealand, around Cape Horn, past the Azores and back to Dover, England.
SYNOPSIS: Sydney Harbour, Australia, where the Australian boat, Anaconda Two, led four other yachts across the starting line at the beginning of a race to England.
The British entry, Great Britain Two, won the first leg of the round-the-world race from England to Australia .... only just beating her French rival, Kriter, by a little over six hours.
Great Britain Two also broke the previous sailing record between England and Australia ... set one hundred-and-five-years ago ... by more than forty hours. A large fleet of pleasure craft was in the harbour to farewell the yachts. Two other nations ... Holland and Italy ... are also competing in the event.
The Italian entry, Busnelly was spared from being scratched at the last minute through lack of money. An English businessman saved the day by sponsoring it.
The yachts are sailing a course which will take them south of New Zealand, around Cape Horn, past the Azores and then back to Dover in England.