• Short Summary

    The crew of the French challenger in the America's Cup series, have been preparing their yacht "France" during the past few days for the qualifying race on Thursday (22 August) against the Australian entry "Southern Cross".

  • Description

    1.
    AERIAL VIEW Newport harbour
    0.06

    2.
    MV & SV "France" being towed into dock without mast (2 shots)
    0.22

    3.
    MV & SV Mast of "France" being carried along dock and laid aboard yacht (3 shots)
    0.40

    4.
    AERIAL VIEWS "Southern Cross" at sea (3 shots)
    0.56

    5.
    AERIAL VIEWS "France" sailing at sea (3 shots)
    1.15



    Initials BB/1554 NPJ/DW/BB/1611


    SPORT: YACHT RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The crew of the French challenger in the America's Cup series, have been preparing their yacht "France" during the past few days for the qualifying race on Thursday (22 August) against the Australian entry "Southern Cross". The yacht has been financed by the family of Baron Marcel Bich, and it will be their second attempt to wrest the Cup from the New York Yacht Club.

    The "France" is a wooden hulled twelve metre (39 foot) boat, and the Bich family has spent more than a quarter of a million dollars (approx. GBP 100,000) on the attempt. Most sailing experts, however, do not consider that the "France" presents a serious challenge to the Australian boat.

    The "France" competed for the America's Cup in 1970, but lost to the American entry without making a score. Bruno Bich, the 27 year-old son of the Baron, who is responsible for the French challenge, refuses to even talk about the 1970 debacle. He emphasises that the improvements they have made since then have made "France" much faster. He is confident that they will beat the "Southern Cross" in the run-off on Thursday, and go on to meet the probable American contender "Courageous" in September.

    One of the innovations on the "France" is a new ninety-foot aluminium mast. The boat has also been provided with new sails, including two mainsails, seven genoas, and five spinnakers. The bow has been redesigned and the keel given a new profile.

    The crew gave the "France" a short trial run on Sunday (18 August) afternoon. From the air the boat looked slow, but that may have been because of the choice of sailing water. The crew kept inside the harbour near the Newport Bridge, rather than sail outside the heads where the Australian and the two American yachts were practising.

    SYNOPSIS: In Newport Harbour, Rhode Island, U.S.A., the crew of the French challenger for the America's Cup yachting trophy, are preparing their boat for its qualifying race against the Australian challenger on Thursday. The yacht is the "France", a thirty-nine foot wooden-hulled yacht, which is making its second attempt for the Cup.

    Since "France" last competed and was soundly beaten in nineteen-seventy, the boat has been provided with a new aluminium mast to replace the old wooden one. It is ninety feet long and easier to erect than its heavier predecessor.

    On Thursday, the "France" will be sailing against the Australian boat "Southern Cross" -- here see sailing outside Newport Harbour. Whichever wins will sail against the American entry in September. Most experts expect the Australian to trounce the "France".

    Nevertheless, the French boat's bakers, the family of Baron Marcel Bich, have invested more than a quarter of a million dollars in this year's attempt. The Baron's twenty-seven year-old son Bruno, who's in charge of the attempt, is confident the "France" is faster now and can win.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEAW980MA0ECBAIN5UIX300MAH
    Media URN:
    VLVAEAW980MA0ECBAIN5UIX300MAH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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