• Short Summary

    The Tall Ships Trans-Atlantic race ended in Newport, Rhode Island, on Saturday (26 June) with German barque Gorch Foch, in first place.

  • Description

    The Tall Ships Trans-Atlantic race ended in Newport, Rhode Island, on Saturday (26 June) with German barque Gorch Foch, in first place.

    SYNOPSIS: The 635 mile (1022 kilometres) race from Bermuda to Rhode Island started the previous Sunday (20 June) - but it wasn't without incident. Among the first to get away were the Gazela Primero, a three masted barkentine, owned by the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, and the Mircea, a three masted barque with a steel hull, manned and owned by the Rumanian navy. The starting line was crowded and as the two ships moved forward the Gazela Primero was forced across the Mircea's bow, making a collision unavoidable.

    The Gazela Primero lost a yardarm, some rigging and had a mast knocked askew. No-one on board was injured but the ship was out of the race. The Mircea was luckier. A cable on the bowsprit was broken, but this was repaired by the bosun and it continued on its way. And with the confusion of the start behind them, the tall ships began manoeuvring towards Newport in a fair wind.

    However, after several days of frustrating weather which left them becalmed, the captains of all the ships agreed to end the race and motor into Newport.

    Although the end of the race was not quite as exciting as the spectators may have wished, by late Saturday an estimated 150,000 people had turned up to welcome the sailors and inspect the ships. The Gazela Primero had limped to port for repairs and her majestic sails and rigging received just as much attention as the ships that had crossed the line.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE0JIRYCP5ZD4K6B6TB243BMSU
    Media URN:
    VLVAE0JIRYCP5ZD4K6B6TB243BMSU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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