When the yachting teams from many countries compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, they will enjoy a new up-to-date yachting centre built especially for the Games.
GV PAN Town Hall Square of Tallinn where the Olympics yachting will take place.
GV Highway built from Tallinn to Pirita especially for the Olympics. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Of the new television tower at Tallinn.
SV OF INTERIOR OF Tower showing press rooms, television monitors and technicians testing control rooms. (6 SHOTS)
SV PAN OF International Club where spectators and workers can eat and drink while keeping watch on the TV monitors
GV PAN OF Pirita harbour where other yachting events will be held.
GV Yachts pass by Olympic flame bowl located at Pirita.
SV Catamaran and single-hulled boat being launched by yachtsmen at Pirita and sailed off. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: When the yachting teams from many countries compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, they will enjoy a new up-to-date yachting centre built especially for the Games. The site lies about 90 minutes by air from Moscow at Tallinn, the historic capital of Estonia, a republic which rates yachting among its most popular sports.
SYNOPSIS: The city of Tallinn is situated on a large ba in the estuary of the river Pirita. A new twenty-seven storey hotel has been built there to accommodate the tourist influx.
What was once a picturesque road along the coast of Tallinn Bay from the centre of the city, 5 kilometres (3 miles) east, to the site, has become a four-lane highway, built on land reclaimed from the sea. And the new 314 metre (yards) high television tower stands like a sentinel.
The tower is fitted out with equipment capable of transmitting colour programmes of all Olympic events at Tallinn. The installations will establish communications with auxiliary vessels in the bay and pick up and pass on up-to-the-minute information about the races. The same communications system will link newsmen with their editorial offices.
In the International Club, Olympic spectators can have a quick meal or a drink, without missing the races. T.V. monitors will provide a bird's-eye view.
The new harbour at Pirita can accommodate seven hundred and fifty yachts, and the yacht club, five hundred people.
The Olympics bowl awaits its flame. But only twenty-three nations, compared with forty at the last Olympics Regatta in 1976, will compete in the various events. And of the eighteen medals awarded in 1976, ten went to countries not competing at Tallinn.