The British defender, "Lady Helmsman" beat the Australian challenger, "Quest 111" by about two miles (3 kms) in the first race today (Friday) of the seven-race International Catamaran Challenge Trophy ("Little America's Cup") at Thorpe Bay, England.
GV The two catamarans on the shore
SV Cameraman Pan to the Australian catamaran
CU Australian flag on bows of catamaran
SV Lindsay Rees putting on safety gear
SV The Australian skipper Peter Bolton puts on safety gear
CU British flag on catamaran pull back to show British crew preparing their craft
CU Name of catamaran "Lady Helmsman"
GV Pan down sail of British catamaran
LV British craft Pan to Australian craft in water
GV Start boat
LV Start of race the two boats away
GV British craft at sea
GV The Australian craft at sea
SV The Australian craft passes camera
GV The Australian craft passes camera
SV Onlookers in small boat
GV "Lady Helmsman" way out in front
LV "Lady Helmsman" leading "Quest 111"
GV Press boat
GV "Lady Helmsman"
SV The crew of the Australian craft seated in boat
LV "Lady Helmsman" crossing the finishing bouy
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Background: The British defender, "Lady Helmsman" beat the Australian challenger, "Quest 111" by about two miles (3 kms) in the first race today (Friday) of the seven-race International Catamaran Challenge Trophy ("Little America's Cup") at Thorpe Bay, England.
This is the seventh challenge for the trophy, and the sixth time that the English club that holds it, Chapman Sands Sailing Club, has defended the trophy against challenges from the United States or Australia. The trophy was originally donated by the Seacliff Yacht Club of New York.
"Lady Helmsman" successfully defended the trophy from an American challenge last year, but this year with a different crew: Peter Schneidau, Bob Fisher, and Reg White. The "C" Class catamaran has a futuristic wing mast, which proved especially effective last year.
"Quest 111" is Una-rigged with an unusual sock-type wing sail arrangement giving similar effect to the British boats wing mast. This is achieved by doubling the sailcloth around the conventional alloy spar and zipping the sail to the mast.
The Australian crew are Peter Bolton, Lindsay Rees, and Charlie Cunningham.
The rules of the race say that the course will be set each day subject to variation in wind speed and direction and will be of an Olympic type, with the right-angle triangle at the Windward Mark. The course must not be less than 20 miles.