• Short Summary

    Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, which last week saw the departure of the 13 yachts on the last leg of the Whitbread Round-the World race, is now the setting for the 1978 World Soling Championships which opened on Saturday (25 February).

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    Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, which last week saw the departure of the 13 yachts on the last leg of the Whitbread Round-the World race, is now the setting for the 1978 World Soling Championships which opened on Saturday (25 February).

    SYNOPSIS: Almost 50 boats from 15 countries are competing in the week-long championship. An early winner was the British boat Philis, skippered by Philip Crebbin. The seven races of the event were staged over a 10-to-11 mile triangular course off Copacabana and Ipanema beaches near Rio. This boat is Darling, a West German entry.

    For the start, there was a good south-easterly wind of about 14 knots ideal for good sailing.

    The Soling class yacht, included in the Olympic class group A, is a modern boat. The first was designed and built in Norway in 1964. The first Soling championships were held in 1969.

    As the race got underway and the boats rounded the first buoy, the Norwegian boat Good News, skippered by Kalle Neergaard, took the lead from the Swedish yacht Aquavit. At this stage it was very much an open contest.

    Here the Croix Du Sud, one of 12 entries from Brazil, takes a lead over the British boat Philis.

    But it was to be Philis's race. She pulled remorselessly ahead of her rivals to emerge as the clear winner.

    The second place was taken by a Brazilian boat, the Revolution, skippered by Gastao Brun, who was placed a final third in last year's world championship.

    The Canadian boat Fro and Flo, with Frederick Brooks-Hill at the helm, was third, followed by another Brazilian entry, Krishna, in fourth place. Another five races are due to take place before the final next Saturday.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADE4P360MGMNSZ7OC7YCQIOSAG
    Media URN:
    VLVADE4P360MGMNSZ7OC7YCQIOSAG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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