The firing of a one hundred year-old cannon will signal the start of the toughest and longest yacht race over to undertaken.
The firing of a one hundred year-old cannon will signal the start of the toughest and longest yacht race over to undertaken. At least nineteen competitors are making preparations for the start of the race from Portsmouth on Saturday (8 September).
The yachts will be sailing a 30,000 mile (48,000 KM) course, with stops at Cape Town, Sydney, and Rio de Janeiro. The race is expected to take at least eight months to complete.
Entries come from many countries including England, Franco, Germany, Sweden, and Mexico. The oldest boat to take part is a sixty-year-old British made ketch entered by a Swedish crew.
A lot of national prestige is attached to the race, and there are two favourites at present - Chay Blyth's "Great Britain II" and Frenchman Eric Tabarly's "Penduick VI".
Sponsored by an English brewing Company, the race will be started by round-the-world solo yachtsman Sir Alec Rose.
SYNOPSIS: Nineteen entries form many countries will be taking part in the world's longest and toughest yacht race starting on Saturday, form Portsmouth, U.K.
The crows are expected to be at sea for at least eight months to complete this 30,000 mile round-the-world voyage, stopping at only three ports.
Sir Alec Rose, the round-the-world solo yachtsman will start the race by firing a one hundred year-old cannon at noon on Saturday.
So far, there are two favourites, Chay Blyth's "Groat Britain II" and Frenchman Eric Tabarly's "Penduick VI". But several other boat should give them a tough race.
Scrutineers are already checking the boats out as they gather at Portsmouth, and crews are busy making last-minute preparations. Once they leave Port mouth they will have to with until they get to Cape Town to make any further changes.
The oldest yacht in the race is a sixty-year-old wooden ketch.