• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE TOUGHEST SAILING RACES IN THE WORLD STARTS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FROM PLYMOUTH. FIFTEEN?

  • Description

    ONE OF THE TOUGHEST SAILING RACES IN THE WORLD STARTS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FROM PLYMOUTH. FIFTEEN YACHTSMEN WILL BE SETTING OUT TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC SINGLE-HANDED TO NEW YORK. IT WILL TAKE THEM UP TO SIX WEEKS.

    FIFTEEN YEARS AGO THE IDEA OF RACING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC WOULD HAVE BEEN GENERALLY DISMISSED AS TOO HAZARDOUS AND STRENUOUS. THE ATLANTIC HAS BEEN SAILED ALONE BUT YACHTSMEN THEN TOOK THEIR TIME.

    EVEN WHEN THE FIRST RACE SINGLE-HANDED WAS HELD IN 1960, MOST OF BRITAIN'S YACHTING FRATERNITY THOUGHT THE FEAT A FOOLHARDY ONE AND TO BE HAZARDED ONCE ONLY.

    FIVE MEN COMPETED IN THE FIRST RACE. NOW THREE TIMES AS MANY ARE SUBJECTING THEMSELVES TO THE SOLITARY ADVENTURE AND ALL WITH THE AIM OF GETTING ACROSS FIRST.

    FRANCIS CHICHESTER, AT 63, IS GOING FOR A THIRD TIME. HE WON THE 1960 RACE AND SAILED AGAIN IN 1962 AS A PERSONAL TEST. HE THEN TOOK A RECORD TIME OF 33 1/2 DAYS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF8XW3XLB25EJ6XR59RJWK7D5
    Media URN:
    VLVAF8XW3XLB25EJ6XR59RJWK7D5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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