The West German winners of the Admiral's Cup -- tap trophy in the ocean yachting world -- were presented with their prizes in Plymouth, England, on Friday night (August 17).
The West German winners of the Admiral's Cup -- tap trophy in the ocean yachting world -- were presented with their prizes in Plymouth, England, on Friday night (August 17). Their three beats -- Rubin, Carina III and Saudade -- were declared winners of the four-race series after a successful appeal by Carina against a five per cent penalty for allegedly crossing the starting line too early.
The Australian team took second place and Britain -- one of its entries, Morning Cloud, is owned by Prime Minister Edward Heath -- came third.
Forty-eight crews from sixteen countries competed in the biennial cup competition.
SYNOPSIS: One of ocean yacht racing's top series this year's Admiral's Cup, with West Germany's Saudade under way.
In close competition -- the Saudade, on the right, and Australia's Apollo Two. Competition between the two nations also stayed close all the way through the four-race series -- with West Germany, on Friday, declared official winners of the trophy from Australia in second place and Britain third.
But for a while it looked as if Australia - with Ragamuffin, Apollo Two and Ginkgo - might take the cup for the second time in the history of the biennial series. For at the start of the Fastnet -- the fourth, longest and generally toughest race in the series -- Germany's Carina Three was under a five per cent penalty for crossing the starting line too early. After the race, however, an appeal against the penalty was successfully made....giving the Germane enough aggregate points to take the coveted trophy for the first time.
And for West Germany -- with two United States - built beats in the team -- success after trying for six years. Of the previous sight competitions since 1957, Britain has won the Cup five times, and the United States twice.