All 43 yachts competing for the Admiral's Cup, on Saturday (7 August), got off to a good start in the final event of the four-race series -- a testing 605-mile (973 Km) battle round the Fastnet Rock of Southern Ireland.
All 43 yachts competing for the Admiral's Cup, on Saturday (7 August), got off to a good start in the final event of the four-race series -- a testing 605-mile (973 Km) battle round the Fastnet Rock of Southern Ireland.The race is the vital one in the series, as competitors score triple points. After three events, Britain led the field with 480 points, followed by ?Australia with 458 and the United States with 419 was third. the U.S. is the present holder of the Cup.
Britain's prime Minister Edward Heath, piloting Morning Cloud, said he thought the British team of three yachts had a good chance of gaining the Cup. Britain last held it in 1965. The boats left in a force three westerly wind and a choppy sea. These weather conditions favour the smaller boats of the British team. Australia had hoped for a rougher weather in which their boats excel.
A lighthouse stands on the once-treacherous Fastnet Rock. The first lighthouse was built there in 1854 after the wreck of the American ship, Stephen Whitney, with the loss of nearly 100 lives.
SYNOPSIS: At Cowes, Isle of Wight on Saturday, two-hundred and thirty yachts positioned themselves for the start of the Fastnet race - a grueling six-hundred mile course round the For forty-three of the yachts, this series in the Admiral's Cup -unofficial world offshore championship. The remainder of the yachts were competing in the biennial race, but were not questing for the Cup.
Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath, piloting Morning cloud, said before the race that the British team of three yachts had a good change of gaining the cup. They last held it in 1965. The Fastnet Race is the vital one in the series, as competitors score triple points. After three events, Britain led the field with four-hundred and eighty points, with Australia in second place twenty-two points behind. The United States, present holder of the cup. was third with four-hundred and fifty eight points.
Ragamuffin, one of the Australian yachts, had hoped for the rough weather in which the team excels. But the boats left the starting point in a light wind and choppy sea -- conditions which a favour the smaller boats of the British team The yachts sail through the North Sea to Fastnet Rock and back round the Scilly Isles to Plymouth.