• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES CUTTER RED ROOSTER WAS YESTERDAY (15 AUGUST) DECLARED OVERALL WINNER OF THE FASTNET RACE, FINAL AND LONGEST RACE OF COWES WEEK, THE UNITED KINGDOM'S PREMIER YACHT REGATTA.

  • Description

    THE UNITED STATES CUTTER RED ROOSTER WAS YESTERDAY (15 AUGUST) DECLARED OVERALL WINNER OF THE FASTNET RACE, FINAL AND LONGEST RACE OF COWES WEEK, THE UNITED KINGDOM'S PREMIER YACHT REGATTA.

    RED ROOSTER ARRIVED AT PLYMOUTH, DEVON, THE FINISHING POINT OF THE 605-MILE (968-KM) RACE, EARLY ON THURSDAY MORNING.

    THE BRITISH YACHT CRUSADE WAS HOME ALMOST A DAY BEFORE. BUT WHEN OFFICIAL TIMES WERE ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF HANDICAPS, RED ROOSTER -- WITH A CORRECTED TIME OF 91 HOURS 38 MINUTES 37 SECONDS -- LED CRUSADER BY A CRUCIAL 68 SECONDS.

    THE RESULT CAME AFTER HOURS OF DELIBERATION BY THE RACE PROTEST COMMITTEE OVER A CLAIM BY CRUSADE'S OWNER -- BRITISH NEWSPAPER MAGNATE SIR MAX AITKEN -- THAT HIS YACHT HAD BEEN INCORRECTLY TIRED.

    ROOSTER'S SUCCESS, AS WELL AS BEING A SECOND FASTNET VICTORY FOR HER OWNER/DESIGNER/SKIPPER DICK CARTER, GAVE THE UNITED STATES THE POINTS THEY NEEDED TO TAKE THE ADMIRAL'S CUP. FASTNET WAS THE LAST OF THE FOUR COWES RACES WHICH COUNTED TOWARDS THE TROPHY, FOR WHICH ELEVEN NATIONS HAD ENTERED TEAMS OF THREE YACHTS EACH. AUSTRALIA HAD SEEMED ALMOST CERTAIN TO TAKE THE TROPHY, WITH BRITAIN IN SECOND PLACE.

    THOUGH AN AUSTRALIAN YACHT, RAGAMUFFIN, WAS THIRD OVERALL IN THE FASTNET RACE, HER TEAM MATES KOONOOLOO AND MERCEDES III ARRIVED HOME TOO LATE TO SAVE THE AUSTRALIANS FROM DEFEAT. THEY NOW TAKE SECOND PLACE IN THE TROPHY, WITH BRITAIN THIRD, AND ITALY FOURTH.

    WITH STILL WEATHER PREVAILING ON THE RACE COURSE, ALMOST HALF THE 180 COMPETITORS, INCLUDING BRITISH OPPOSITION LEADER EDWARD HEATH IN HIS SLOOP MORNING CLOUD, ARE STILL AT SEA.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9UAOUK36S7U0HGXW9F37H3WVS
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UAOUK36S7U0HGXW9F37H3WVS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment