King Olav of Norway fire a gun in the Royal Yacht "Norge" July 16 to start the 1960 Sail Trainingship "Ocean Race".
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SPORT: YACHT RACING
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Background: King Olav of Norway fire a gun in the Royal Yacht "Norge" July 16 to start the 1960 Sail Trainingship "Ocean Race". The race - over 587 miles from the Norwegian naval base of Horten, near Oslo, to the North Hinder Light, off Ostend, Belgium, - is the third in the series organised by the Sail Training Association of Great Britain, which has Prince Philip as its Patron.
The vessels are divided into three classes 9-square riggers over 50 tons; fore-and-aft riggers over 50 tons, and vessels of any rig under 50 tons. The two heavier classes were started first, and the smaller ships an hour later. Britain's 84-ton fore-and-aft "Nordwind" was first over the line in the earlier start. The race was scheduled to end July 20.
Among the ships taking part were Christian Radich (Norway) Sorlandet (Norway), Georg Stage (Denmark), Mercator (Belgium), Denmark (Denmark). Eight nations altogether, are taking part: Britain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Sweden, Holland, Norway and West Germany.
18 prizes are offered by organisations in Britain, Belgium and Denmark, and Kings Olav and Baudouin have also each offered special prizes.